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*Pleasanton Son of Slain Couple Faces The Death Penalty

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Pleasanton, CA

A 30-year-old man was charged today with two counts of murder and two special circumstances clauses that could lead to the death penalty for the deaths of his parents at their country club home in Pleasanton last year, according to Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff. Ernie Scherer III was arrested in Las Vegas on Monday in connection with the brutal murders of Ernie Scherer, Jr., 60, and his wife, Charlene Abendroth, 57, last March 14, according to Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Dudek.Detectives believe the couple had been dead inside their Castlewood Country Club home for about a week before they were found. Orloff said the special circumstances clauses filed against Scherer III are multiple murder and murder for financial gain. Once Scherer is extradited from Las Vegas to Alameda County, he will be arraigned in the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland, Orloff said.Sheriff’s officials didn’t return phone calls seeking information about when Scherer will be extradited. Dudek said Ernie Scherer Jr. dabbled in playing poker for small amounts of money but made his living in real estate.But he said Ernie Scherer III is a professional gambler who is known to have debts.

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