PORT ANGELES — Life in the Roberts household was often volatile and unpredictable, with young Thomas Martin Roberts receiving the brunt of his father’s abuse, family members said Tuesday.
By Roberts’ early 20s, his siblings began to detect oddities in his behavior that lasted until Roberts fatally shot Sheriff’s Deputy Wally Davis two years ago.
Roberts’ three sisters and his stepmother testified Tuesday during the sixth day of his murder trial about his childhood and what they characterized as Roberts’ bizarre behavior.
Roberts, 56, is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in the Aug. 5, 2000, death of Davis at Roberts’ Ennis Creek Road residence.
He has undergone extensive mental evaluations since his arrest and has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity.
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