Higher Court May Hear Appeal on 18-Year-Old’s Drowning at Indiana Megachurch Pastors Steve and Melodye Munsey’s Family Pool

Domonique Smith

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.

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.

Steve and Melodye Munsey

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 baby-sitting the pastors’ grandchild at the time of her death.

Other defendants in the lawsuit include Family Christian World Inc. and Darryl Anthony Smith, the father of Domonique Smith. Indiana Land Trust Co. was dropped as a party to the lawsuit.

The defendants denied the church and its pastors were negligent or reckless in supervising Smith in an answer to the lawsuit filed July 24. The defendants requested a jury trial.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: NWI Times – Steve Garrison