It was a grim scene for Ernest Scherer III in San Jose, California when after just two days of deliberations, a jury found the former poker pro slash realtor guilty of the double murder of his parents, Ernest Scherer Jr., 60, and Charlene Abendroth, 57, in their Castlewood Country Club home back in March of 2008.
Scherer’s poker winnings were approximately $300,000 over the course of his lifetime, which doesn’t include any online poker wins. Apparently, Scherer was motivated by a $1 million plus inheritance that he would hope to use to pay off gambling debts.
Police believe Scherer murdered his parents in their Castlewood, California home, where their bodies were found beaten and stabbed to death in March 2008. Most damning to Scherer’s case was surveillance video that showed a red Chevy Camaro driving by his parents home around the time of the murderes – and 32-year-old Ernie Scherer owns a 2001 red Chevy Camaro.
Richard Foxall, Scherer’s defense attorney argued there was little evidence in the case directly linking his client.
“There is no direct evidence putting Mr. Scherer at the scene of the crime,” Foxall said. “Many if not all the exhibits in this case don’t go to the central issue of this case. They didn’t prove a thing about what happened because Ernest Scherer III did not kill his parents.”
However the District Attorney Michael Nieto begged to differ, at one point, swinging a baseball bat for effect to show jurors the force and impact by which the couple was brutally killed.”
Nieto went on to say, “At various points of this trial, you have been within feet of a narcissistic, sociopathic killer. Ernest Scherer III has no concern about anybody but himself. His entire explanation is a house of cards that is easily dismantled.”
The jury of seven women and five men agreed with the prosecution.
After the sentence, one juror anonymously came forward to say, “In a case where you are accused of killing your parents, if you’re innocent, you show outrage for being accused of something you never did. How could you not be showing some emotion? That’s what did it for me.”
During the trial Scherer himself had taken the witness stand to tell the jury that he was alone and asleep when his parents killed.
However, evidence he could not explain was the nail in the coffin – such as the fact that his phone had been turned off during the murders and that he’d also alledgedly purchased a baseball bat and Nike running shoes at an outlet store in Primm, Nev., hours before his parents’ deaths, which was matched by his credit card records. Moreover, the bat that was used in the crime as well as the sneaker prints found at the scene matched those purchased in Primm.