April 09, 2020

Ex-trooper files appeal in wrongful-death suit > Negligence charged in unsolved 1989 murder

AUGUSTA — A former Maine state trooper says he should not be the sole defendant in a wrongful-death suit filed by the parents of a woman murdered in 1989.

Jeffrey Haas’ attorney, William Fisher, has filed a notice of appeal to the decision by Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Donald Alexander. In November, Alexander removed the Maine Turnpike Authority as a defendant in the case, but rejected arguments to remove Haas.

The appeal will be heard by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which rejected a similar motion in the case in 1995.

Pamela Webb’s body was discovered in a wooded area of Franconia, N.H., more than two weeks after her truck was found along the Maine Turnpike in Biddeford.

Her parents, Kenneth and Virginia Webb of Winthrop, claimed that if Haas had stopped to check Webb’s vehicle instead of driving by it, Webb could have been helped or her killer found.

Webb, 32, was driving to Mason, N.H., to visit her boyfriend when she disappeared. Her murder remains unsolved.

The Webbs’ suit claims that Haas was negligent and failed to follow proper procedure in checking a truck that had broken down belonging to their daughter.

According to court documents, Haas lied to his superiors about when he first saw the vehicle. He was fired after an internal investigation.

The Webbs claim that Haas violated their civil rights and those of their daughter.

In arguments before Justice Alexander, Fisher said the suit was filed outside the two-year statute of limitations for the claim.

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