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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A high profile lawsuit against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, by the family of an unarmed man who was shot by a deputy, will resume on Friday November 13 when a judge will decide on possible sanctions against the Sheriff’s Office.

Undercover deputy, Sergeant Michael Custer shot and killed 24-year-old Seth Adams in May 2012 in front of the Adams’ family home and garden shop in Loxahatchee.

The family filed suit against Custer, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office claiming the shooting was unjustified.

Attorneys for the family say the Sheriff’s Office failed to preserve critical evidence including the deputy’s cell phone, computer and emails relating to the case.

Judge Donald Middlebrooks called for the hearing after blasting PBSO for losing the deputy’s cell phone and destroying his laptop.

During the evidentiary hearing the court will hear arguments from both sides and decide if or how to sanction the Sheriff’s Office.

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