Suit against city could be heard in Federal Court

Commerce – A wrongful death suit filed by the family of a slain Commerce code enforcement officer may be headed to federal court.

A notice of removal was filed in the case Tuesday. It was not immediately clear whether the plaintiffs or the defendants had made the filing.

The City of Commerce has denied all allegations in the suit and has also claimed sovereign immunity from liability.

The suit was filed last month on behalf of Donavan and Marissa Walker, the surviving children of Michael "Pee Wee" Walker. Adam Ward received the death penalty for the shooting death of Walker in 2005.