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    Staff Sgt. Claude Custard twists together cable wires prior to attaching it to a ground connector Oct. 19. He is setting up a secondary distribution center generator by hooking up power cables and ground wires. This unit takes a high-voltage power from the main generators and converts it into lower voltage to the wall outlets at the MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle site. Sergeant Custard is assigned to the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron electric shop and is deployed from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

A Circuit Court judge reduced the $1 million bail for a 35-year-old Air Force sergeant accused of attempted murder and released him to the supervision of his parents, following his reindictment for the alleged shooting of two men three years ago outside of a Pearl City strip club.

Air Force Tech Sgt. Claude Custard of Ewa Beach entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of attempted second-degree murder and three firearms violations in connection with an early morning shooting on Dec. 3, 2011, in front of the Princess Palace strip club.

Circuit Court Judge Richard Perkins granted a request by Custard’s attorney, Myles Breiner, to reduce Custard’s $1 million bail.

In releasing Custard to his parent’s supervision, Perkins noted that Custard has been out on $100,000 bail for the past two-and-a-half years without incident.

On Dec. 3, 2011, Custard argued with a 24-year-old man in the Princess Palace strip club at the Pearl City Business Plaza and the dispute continued in the parking lot at 803 Kamehameha Hwy, police said.

Police said Custard allegedly fired a handgun as one of the two men drove off, striking one man multiple times and critically injuring him. Custard then allegedly fired at the second man and missed him.

Delays in taking the case to trial prompted Circuit Judge Randall Lee to dismiss the case on July 3, but he allowed the case to be refiled.

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