“Date Set for Excessive Force Retrial of PBSO Sergeant Michael Custer,” WPTV 5
March 31, 2017
A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Sergeant, cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of Seth Adams in 2012, will face a second wrongful death trial.
The first civil trial for Sergeant Michael Custer ended in a mistrial.
The second will begin on Oct. 10.
"It's going to be an agonizing wait. It's been, you know, five years already. It's a bitter pill to swallow to have to sit on our hands now," said Seth's father Richard Adams, outside of the federal courthouse Thursday.
U-S District Judge Daniel Hurley said he had to settle on that date, eight months from now, because of scheduling conflicts.
Judge Hurley also said he felt the "passage of time" would be good, because of "great community interest" in the case. Hurley said there could be issues with future potential jurors because of heightened coverage of the case.
"Well, we will be ready. We're ready to take it on. This is our lives and we are going to see it through until the end," said Seth's mother Lydia.