Sex offender slaying suspect could face death penalty
Keith Thorpe / Peninsula Daly News
Patrick B. Drum arrives in Clallam County Superior Court in Port Angeles on Wednesday. Drum was formally charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary, and as a convicted felon, one count of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting deaths of two Clallam County men, both registered sex offenders, on Sunday.
Patrick B. Drum was charged Wednesday with aggravated murder in the weekend shootings of Gary Blanton at Drum's home near Sequim and of Jerry W. Ray at his home near Port Angeles.
Drum was arrested Sunday after a manunt. He had a 9mm pistol that sheriff's investigators say was used in the killings. They also say he left a note saying he hated sex offenders and "it had to be done."
After arraignment Wednesday, the prosecutor will have 30 days to announce the death penalty decision. The only other possibility if the 34-year-old is convicted would be life in prison without parole.
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