Port Angeles: Roberts murder trial resumes today

The trial of accused murderer Thomas Martin Roberts resumes today in Clallam County Superior Court with defense witnesses.

Roberts, 56, is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in the Aug. 5, 2000, slaying of deputy Wally Davis.

Roberts has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity and has undergone several mental evaluations since being arrested after a 26-hour standoff with police following the shooting.

Prosecuting Attorney Chris Shea and Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dick Suryan must prove that Roberts’ act was premeditated.

Defense attorneys Terry Mulligan and John Hayden of the Clallam County Public Defender’s Office must show jurors that Roberts was insane when he committed the murder.

His trial is being heard in Port Angeles before Clallam County Superior Court Judge George L. Wood and an Island County jury.

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