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CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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File photo of an empty jury box in a courtroom. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A man from Coldspring has been federally indicted in the fatal shooting of a mail carrier last month. He also allegedly set that postal worker’s car on fire with the worker still inside of it.

According to reports, A Houston grand jury returned a two-count indictment against 36-yar-old James Wayne Ham in the killing of Marie Youngblood this week. Youngblood’s body was discovered in her burned out car back on May 17.

The indictment states that Ham shot Youngblood while she was delivering mail in her personal vehicle. She died from those gunshot wounds.

Ham then allegedly got into the vehicle with Youngblood, drove it to a remote location and set it on fire. Her charred remains were later discovered inside.

After an investigation into the incident, authorities targeted Ham after it was discovered he had allegedly complained about not having his mail delivered in the manner in which he found suitable. Ham then became the subject of an extensive manhunt and was then arrested without incident Sunday, May 20, near his home in San Jacinto County.

If convicted of the murder of Youngblood, Ham could face the death penalty.

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