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‘Pharaoh Thomas’ charged with murder in police slaying

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A man accused of killing a sheriff's deputy on the porch of his home has been charged with aggravated first-degree murder.

Thomas Roberts, 53, identified himself as "His Majesty, the Pharaoh Thomas" in Clallam County Superior Court but said little else during the brief hearing Monday.

Deputy Wallace Davis, 48, was shot in the head Saturday when he arrived at a home to handle a complaint about a blocked driveway. Roberts, who lived at the house, surrendered Sunday after a 25-hour standoff that ended when police forced him out with tear gas.

Roberts' court-assigned lawyer, Terry Mulligan, refused to discuss the case or say how Roberts would plead at his arraignment on Aug. 21.