Port Angeles: Trial in deputy-killing case begins Monday

PORT ANGELES — More than two years ago, Clallam County sheriff’s deputy Wally Davis answered a routine disturbance call at an Ennis Creek home east of Port Angeles.

Hours later, he was dead, killed by a shotgun blast while on the porch of Thomas Martin Roberts’ house.

On Monday, Roberts, 56, goes to trial in Clallam County Superior Court.

Roberts has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity to aggravated first-degree murder.

Defense attorneys Terry Mulligan and John Hayden will try to prove that Roberts, who has a history of mental illness, was insane at the time of the shooting.

Prosecuting Attorney Chris Shea and Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dick Suryan will argue before Judge George L. Wood and a jury that Roberts intentionally shot Davis to death Aug. 5, 2000, and was aware of his actions.

If convicted, Roberts could face life imprisonment.

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