February 13, 2017


WEST PALM BEACH — Nearly five years after Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer shot 24-year-old Seth Adams dead in a dark parking lot in Loxahatchee Groves, a federal jury on Tuesday will hear the veteran officer describe why he believed he had no choice but to fire his weapon.

With jury selection nearly completed on Monday, attorneys representing parents Richard and Lydia Adams and those defending Custer and the sheriff’s office are expected to give their opening statements before noon.

Attorney Wallace McCall, who filed the multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Custer and the agency on behalf of the Palm Bay couple, said he plans to play a roughly 45-minute video statement Custer gave his superiors two days after the May 16, 2012 shooting. Then, McCall said, he will play excerpts from an eight-hour videotaped deposition Custer gave in the run-up to the closely-watched trial.

Most of the 50 prospective jurors who were interviewed Monday knew little about the case.

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