Jayana Tanae Webb Case: Philadelphia prosecutor re-files murder charge against woman accused of killing 2 soldiers, pedestrian

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A Philadelphia judge has dismissed third-degree murder charges against the woman accused of killing two Pennsylvania state troopers and a pedestrian in an accident earlier this year.

Jayana Webb, 22, of Eagleville, appeared before a judge on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing in the March 21 crash.

The third-degree murder charges were dropped due to lack of evidence, according to the judge. She is still facing charges of DUI vehicle murder, involuntary manslaughter and other related crimes.

“I think in the end the judge made the right decision based on the law. This should never have been charged with murder,” said Webb’s attorney, Michael Walker.

Shortly after the hearing, the Philadelphia prosecutor’s office re-entered the third-degree murder charges in the case.

Authorities say Webb was driving south on I-95 in the 18-mile area near the Stadium Complex north of Broad Street when he struck and killed 33-year-old Martin F. Mack III and 29-year-old Branden T. Sisca. years old. .

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Officers were helping a pedestrian, identified as 28-year-old Reyes Rivera Oliveras, into the back of his car when the accident happened. Oliveras also died in the accident.

Nine witnesses testified during Wednesday’s preliminary hearing.

Before the fatal accident, Webb was driving at around 110 mph and was stopped by the two soldiers. It was revealed in court that officers left Webb when they received a call to a pedestrian on the highway.

Then, 15 minutes later, authorities say Webb collided with soldiers and the pedestrian.

Webb told officers he looked at his phone to see which exit he was taking when he heard a “boom”.

His blood alcohol concentration was 0.211% and Webb was seen on surveillance video swerving.

The preliminary hearing ended with much disappointment among the family and colleagues of Pennsylvania State Police troopers Mack and Sisca.

Webb’s lawyer said he could understand why they might be upset.

“They want a lawsuit to represent them very well and represent the lives of people who have died, and I’m not sure that’s what they feel they’ve achieved,” Walker said.

Webb’s bail was set at $600,000. She had been held without bail since her arrest.

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