This is Ernie Scherer, III, the 30-year-old son of Ernie Scherer Jr., 60, a former San Ramon Valley School District trustee and prominent local Republican activist, and his wife Charlene Abendroth, 57.
The Times reports that the younger Scherer faces the death penalty in his parents’ March 2008 killing. The couple, who had been married 31 years, were found beaten in their pajamas in their home in Pleasanton’s Castlewood Country Club.
Ernie Scherer III, a professional poker player, had long been the focus of detectives’ interest in his parents’ killing–ever since learning that a red Chevy Camaro had been spotted in the neighborhood the week of the couple’s deaths.
Detectives seized Scherer III’s red 2001 Chevrolet Camaro convertible and searched his home in Brea in March.
An affidavit filed in the case alleges that Scherer III, known in his family as “Skip,” had a financial motive to kill his parents. He was facing serious financial troubles and falling behind on the mortgage of the home he shared with his wife and young son. He and his wife together owed more than $40,000 on consumer debt.
Scherer III was arrested in Las Vegas Monday night, waived extradition, and was returned to Alameda County. He will be arraigned Thursday on two counts of murder with special special circumstances and murder for financial gain.