Higher Court May Hear Appeal On Woman's Drowning At Church Pastors Family Pool!
Reader a wrongful death lawsuit over the drowning of an 18-year-old woman at her church pastors' family pool may head to a higher court on appeal. When this was first reported there were plenty of red flags that went up. 1) the young woman was a life guard. 2) she had no water in her lungs? 3)15 minutes of missing security video?
Anyhow Judge John R. Pera determined at a motion hearing Wednesday in Lake County Superior Civil Court that the pastors of Family Christian Center had the right to appeal his decision permitting the mother of Domonique “Nikki” Smith to sue for damages over her daughter's death in May 2015.
The defendants will have 30 days to file a motion with the Indiana Court of Appeals asking it to accept jurisdiction.
Vicki Walker filed the lawsuit against the church and its pastors, Steve and Melodye Munsey, in November after her daughter was found drowned May 29, 2015, in a pool at the pastors' Schererville home. In the lawsuit, Walker is listed as Vicki Olds.
The mother alleges suspicious circumstances surrounded the investigation into her daughter's death and claims the Munseys were negligent in caring for her daughter, who was babysitting the pastors' grandchild at the time of her death.