A San Jacinto Co. man has been charged with murdering a United States Postal Service worker, according to United States Attorney’s Office.
Authorities say James Wayne Ham, 36, of Coldspring, was arrested Sunday and charged Monday with the murder of 52-year-old Marie Youngblood.
Officials received a 911 call from Youngblood’s son on Friday, May 17. He told authorities that he was talking to his mother on his cell phone when he heard two loud noises. His mother allegedly told him that she had been shot. According to court documents, the phone disconnected soon after.
The criminal complaint states Youngblood was shot on Friday after delivering mail at Ham’s residence. She was on her normal rural delivery route in her personal vehicle.
Ham allegedly shot the victim multiple times at close range with a .30/30 caliber rifle, according to officials. Ham then allegedly drove the vehicle to a nearby secluded area and set her car on fire.
According to the complaint, the Youngblood’s body was discovered Friday in her burning vehicle in San Jacinto County. Her body was found after firefighters extinguished the flames.
The criminal complaint states authorities were led to Ham after they discovered he had allegedly complained previously about not getting his mail delivered properly.
After an extensive search, Ham was located and arrested on Sunday near his home.
Ham is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning.
Officials say a postal worker was last killed in Texas about 30 years ago.