WEST PALM BEACH — Palm Beach County Sheriff Sgt. Michael Custer, who was cleared of wrongdoing in the killing of unarmed civilian Seth Adams but is getting sued alongside Sheriff Ric Bradshaw by Adams’ family, wasn’t meeting his alleged paramour at the time of the shooting, PBSO’s lawyers claim in a new court document.
It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive that the so-called mainstream media failed to report: The PBSO filing came in response to a request by Adams’ family to depose PBSO Det. Victoria Miller, the married Custer’s alleged side action.
Adams’ lawyers believe Miller was meeting, or met, Custer the night of the 2012 shooting, when Adams confronted Custer because he was parked on the property of a nursery owned by his folks in Loxahatchee.
An argument between Custer and Adams escalated until Custer shot Adams four times at close range. Custer says he feared that Adams was going for a gun in his pickup truck when he fired the rounds.
Both PBSO investigators and the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office both deemed the shooting justifiable while witnesses in the current civil lawsuit in West Palm Beach federal court have managed to create doubt.
Gossip Extra first reported last week that Adams’ lawyers want to depose Miller after a sworn affidavit from PBSO critic Mark Dougan, who founded the pbsotalk.com website.
The site allows PBSO personnel to post stories about the inner workings of the agency anonymously.
And a early as 2011, postings discussed rumors of an affair between Custer and Miller.
Dougan says Custer, whom he described as a friend, called him to ask that he delete references to the alleged romance.
“My wife reads your site and I don’t need her finding out about this,” Custer said, according to Dougan’s statement included in the file. “You know how it is.”
Dougan wrote in his affidavit for the lawsuit that Custer told him that his relationship with Miller was “nothing serious, just a piece on the side.”
Now, PBSO’s lawyers asked the federal court not to force Miller to testify because Miller already swore under oath that she and Custer were just friends.
And PBSO’s team asked the court to disregard Dougan’s affidavit because Dougan’s memory is “highly suspect,” according to PBSO’s legal eagles, due his his “obvious interest in . . . creating controversy for PBSO.”
“The defendant (PBSO) respectfully suggest that this court should disregard Mr. Dougan’s affidivit,” the motion reads.
Stay tuned . . .