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Man who killed Clallam deputy dies in prison

January 25th, 2013 - 10:15am

(Port Angeles) -- The man who killed a Clallam County sheriff's deputy in 2000 has died.

Thomas Martin Roberts died earlier this week of what authorities say was natural causes at the age of 66.

He was serving a life sentence without parole.

Roberts was shot deputy Wally Davis in August of 2000, when Davis approached Roberts' front door following a complaint at a home east of Port Angeles.

After the shooting, Roberts held police at bay for more than 24 hours before he was taken into custody. Lawyers argued Roberts was not guilty by reason of insanity.

But a jury brought in to Clallam County for the trial ruled Roberts did not suffer from mental problems that led to the killing and found him guilty of first-degree murder.

Roberts was serving his term at the state prison in Monroe.

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