March 13, 2017

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: In emotional closing arguments Monday, an attorney representing Seth Adams’ parents asked a jury to award each of them between $5 million and $10 million for the loss of their son.

Calling Sgt. Michael Custer a coward, a bully and a liar, attorney Wallace McCall says the officer had no justification to use deadly force in May 2012 shooting.

ORIGINAL STORY: A federal jury will hear closing arguments Monday in the month-long trial for the family of Seth Adams’ multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office and Sgt. Michael Custer, the deputy who shot Adams to death in 2012.

Attorneys on both sides of the case finished presenting evidence Thursday after a pair of witnesses followed testimony from Custer himself, who claims Adams fought with him and choked him during their encounter in the parking lot of A One Stop Garden Shop on A Road in Loxahatchee Groves, an Adams family business where Adams lived and worked.

Wallace McCall and Stephan LeClainche, attorneys for Richard and Lydia Adams, say an overwhelming majority of the physical evidence in the case contradicts Custer’s story, and have criticized the sheriff’s office for how investigators handled the probe into Adams’ death.

The complete article can be accessed at The Palm Beach Post.