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Judge denies bond for Ham
COLDSPRING – Bond was denied last week for James Wayne Ham who is charged with the murder of a Coldspring postal employee. Eddie Marie Youngblood, 52, was killed Friday, May 17, shortly after delivering mail to Ham's residence in the community of Stephen's Creek. While Ham is not considered a flight risk, he "presents a danger to the community," said Houston Federal Magistrate Judge Nancy K. Johnson. Ham's attorney, Katherine Scardino, asked the court to let Ham out on pre-trial release because he had never been accused of failing to show up for court and the investigators had found that Ham's behavior related to the breakdown of him marriage. Scardino also argued that Ham did not understand his Maranda rights before he made his written and audio recorded statements because of his mental state. Prosecuting attorney Joe Magliolo called one witness to the stand during Thursday's detention hearing. Postal Inspector Matthew Boyden testified that Ham's criminal background includes a pending case for a shooting, two sexual assault cases, a felony theft case, a family violence case and a DWI. Ham was out on bond when he allegedly murdered Youngblood. He is also accused of trying to shoot another person seeking to retrieve a trailer from Ham's property.