Man faces federal indictment after post office workers killed in Dublin and Columbus

Deshaune Stewart

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A man is facing an indictment on federal charges after the deaths of two post office workers in Dublin and Columbus in December.

DeShaune Stewart, 24, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of murdering an officer of the United States Government.

According to court documents, three witnesses said they saw a naked man, who they identified as Stewart, shoot 52-year-old Lance Herrera-Dempsey in the post office in Dublin.

Dublin Police first responded to the post office on Emerald Parkway after receiving a call before 5 a.m. Saturday.

Police say Herrera-Dempsey was Stewart's supervisor and that Stewart was under investigation by the U.S. Postal Service.

Following the post office shooting, the suspect went to an apartment complex on Bowland Place in north Columbus where he is accused of throwing a woman to the ground and causing blunt force trauma to her head which killed her instantly, according to court documents.

The woman was later identified as Ginger E. Ballard, 53. Ballard was the Dublin Postmaster.

The United States Attorney’s Office said killing any officer or employee of the United States is eligible to be punished by the death penalty.