Jayana Tanae Webb case: Philadelphia DA refiles murder charge against woman accused of killing 2 troopers, 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 a crash earlier this year.

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

The third-degree murder charges were dropped due to lack of evidence, according to the judge. She still faces charges of vehicular homicide with DUI, manslaughter and other related offences.

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

Shortly after the hearing, the Philadelphia district attorney’s office refiled third-degree murder charges in the case.

Authorities say Webb was driving on I-95 southbound in the mile post 18 area near the stadium complex just north of Broad Street when she struck and killed Martin F. Mack III, 33, and Branden T. Sisca, 29. .

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Soldiers were helping a pedestrian, identified as 28-year-old Reyes Rivera Oliveras, into the back of their car when the crash occurred. Oliveras also died in the accident.

Nine witnesses testified at Wednesday’s preliminary hearing.

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

Then 15 minutes later, authorities say Webb rammed into the soldiers and the pedestrian.

Webb told the soldiers she looked down at her phone to see which exit she was taking when she heard a “boom”.

Her blood alcohol level was 0.211% and Webb was seen on surveillance video swerving.

The preliminary hearing ended in great disappointment among the family and co-workers of deceased Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Mack and Sisca.

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

“They want legal proceedings to represent them very well and to represent the lives of the people who perished, and I’m not sure that’s what they think they’ve gotten,” Walker said.

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

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