U.S. seeks death penalty in murder of rural carrier Marie Youngblood

HOUSTON – The United States has filed a motion of its intent to seek the death penalty upon the conviction of James Wayne Ham for the murder of a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service (USPS), announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Inspector in Charge Robert Wemyss of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and San Jacinto County District Attorney Richard Countiss.

A grand jury sitting in Houston returned a two-count indictment against Ham, 37, of Coldspring, on June 13, 2013. He is charged with one count of murder and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

The indictment alleges that on or about May 17, 2013, Ham committed premeditated murder of a USPS employee while she was engaged in the performance of her official duties and that he intentionally carried, brandished and discharged a firearm in the commission of that murder.

The investigation began shortly following the receipt of a 911 call from the son of the now deceased USPS worker on Friday, May 17. He indicated he had been speaking with his mother via cell phone and heard two loud noises. His mother allegedly told him she had been shot. Shortly thereafter, the phone was disconnected, according to the complaint.

Court documents allege the victim was shot on Friday, May 17, 2013, shortly after delivering mail at Ham’s residence. The victim was on her normal rural delivery route in her personal vehicle. Ham allegedly shot her multiple times at close range with a .30/30 caliber rifle.

Ham then allegedly drove the vehicle to a nearby secluded area and set it on fire.

via U.S. seeks death penalty in USPS worker murder case – Your Houston News: News.

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God don’t sleep on the wicked. He’s always watching over. Ham needs to pay. He didn’t have the right to take no ones life.

I agree!

He needs to die

He is getting what he deserves!!!!

I have been praying for justic….

He(GOD) may not come when you call, but he’s always on time. I agree with George About time.

About time they made that decision

He deserves the death penalty. We deserve to have the right to open/conceal carry but the Postal Service has taken our Second Amendment rights from us.

Death bring him back and death again. So sad this family has to deal with this no one should have to go through.

So sad, this lady was just doing her job as we all do, no one deserves this. Death penalty is too easy for this monster.

YAY!!! Anyone who lays in wait to murder someone deserves it. And the fact that her son heard her begging for her life, I hope the inmates freely have their way with him.

Did I forget to say that he burned her. SAD! No sympathy for this monster, none at all.

Yes. Please seek and get the death penalty! Sad story!


He picked the wrong state. Texas will put him to death for sure!