..

Breaking News: Poker Player Ernest Scherer III Found Guilty in Murder of Mom, Dad

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Mar/28/2011
Ernest Scherer Verdict Guilty

It only took less than two days but a jury has found poker player Ernest Scherer III guilty on all counts of killing his parents Ernest Scherer Jr., 60, and Charlene Abendroth, 57, in their Castlewood Country Club (California) home in March 2008. 

The jury arrived at its decision early Monday afternoon in a courthouse outside San Jose, California.

Deliberations began on Friday following closing arguments that concluded on Thursday.

The motive behind the murders was said to be a $1 million plus inheritance Scherer III hoped to gain in order to pay off steep gambling debts.

Evidence hinged heavily on a vehicle that appeared on surveillance video the apparent night of the murder that closely matched the description of Scherer III’s car.

Immediately following the murders, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department reached out to Gambling911.com in an effort to help cover the story beyond the California Bay Area, hopeful that potential witnesses would come forward and provide possible motives.  Scherer III had not been charged at that time.    

Dudek held a press conference to the week Scherer Jr and Abendroth’s bodies were found to discuss the matter, referencing Gambling911.com’s reports that the younger Scherer was indeed well known on the poker circuit and considered by some to be a “professional”. 

"I'm not going to confirm or deny that for safety reasons," Dudek said. "It has been reported on gambling911.com and some of the other Web sites that he was in fact being referred to a professional poker player. I don't believe that's accurate that he was a professional poker player. His main business interests were buying and selling property."

While not a huge name on the poker circuit, Scherer III’s earnings were said to be around $300,000 lifetime.  This figure does not include any wins online.

Sgt. Scott Dudek speaks at press conference immediately following murders in March 2008

 

Deputy District Attorney Michael Nieto told the jury they must find the defendant guilty. 

"At various points of this trial, you have been within feet of a narcissistic, sociopathic killer," Nieto said. "Ernest Scherer III has no concern about anybody but himself. His entire explanation is a house of cards that is easily dismantled."

The defense attorney, Richard Foxall 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."

Nieto claimed that the crime was especially personal in that Abendroth was struck with three times the amount of force.  She and the defendant had regularly argued over his gambling.

"There is something very personal behind that," Nieto said. "Those injuries should not be overlooked both in the quality and quantity."

Nieto once again showed pictures of the beaten and bloodied bodies to the jury.  He also slammed the baseball bat for effect. 

- Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

Poker News

Poke Pro Gets Customized Plat Flaunting Negreanu Grudge Match Bet Win

Poker Pro Gets Customized Plate Flaunting Negreanu Grudge Match Bet Win

A poker pro credits a big grudge match bet win between his business partner and the mighty Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu.

Murder Charge Added Against Man Accused of Setting Poker Pro on Fire

Federal Murder Charge Added Against Man Accused of Setting Poker Pro on Fire

Poker pro Susie Zhao was bound, sexually assaulted, and burned alive following an encounter at a Michigan motel, according to court documents.

Texas Dolly Goes Off on Romney for Impeachment Vote: 'Can't Believe I Supported Him'

Texas Dolly Goes Off on Romney for Impeachment Vote: 'Can't Believe I Supported Him'

87-year-old Doyle Brunson voiced his discontent with Utah Senator Mitt Romney voting to impeach the former US President, Donald Trump.  Some of Brunson's followers believed the poker great was also comparing Trump to Jesus, though that appears to be a misinterpretation of his tweet (we think).

Chris Moneymaker Becomes an Americas Cardroom Team Pro

Chris Moneymaker Becomes an Americas Cardroom Team Pro

Gambling911.com is thrilled to announce that Chris Moneymaker, the first ever world champion after qualifying at an online poker site, has been named the latest Americas Cardoom team pro. 

Shamed Midway Poker Tour Owner Dan Bekavac Resurfaces

Shamed Midway Poker Tour Owner Dan Bekavac Resurfaces

Disgraced Midway Poker Tour owner, Dan Bekavac, resurfaced this past weekend.  He was spotted playing at a live event near Siouz Falls, Iowa. 

Syndicate