February 23, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH – If Seth Adams was fatally shot as he spun out of the cab of his pickup truck, as Palm Beach County Sgt. Michael Custer claims, his blood would have been found in and near the open door, a medical examiner told a federal jury on Thursday.

“Boom, boom, boom, boom,” attorney Stephan LeClainche said repeating Custer’s description of how fast he fired, claiming he feared Adams, 24, had grabbed a gun out of the cab.

The injuries Adams sustained in less than a second — particularly wounds caused when a bullet pierced his arm — would have started bleeding immediately, Palm Beach County Associate Medical Examiner Gertrude Juste testified.

But no blood was found in the cab or on the door of the truck after the May 2012 shooting at A One Stop Garden Shop in Loxahatchee Groves, where Adams lived and worked. Instead, a trail of blood went from the back of Adams’ truck to inside the nursery where he collapsed.

“Would blood begin eight feet away?” asked LeClainche, who is representing Adams’ parents in a trial to decide a multi-million-dollar wrongful death lawsuit the Palm Bay couple filed against Custer and the sheriff’s office.

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