Gambling Crime: Ernie Scherer III Verdict Could Come This Week as Murder Trial Concludes

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Ace King
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Ernie Scherer III Verdict

Closing arguments in the Ernie Scherer III murder trial ended on Thursday with jury deliberations now underway.  Scherer III, a poker player, is alleged to have murdered his parents, Charlene Abendroth, and Ernest Scherer Jr., in their Castlewood Country Club, California home in March 2008. 

Prosecutors contend that the defendant had deep gambling debts and sought to gain a $1 million inheritance from his parents.  They claim he arrived at their home, an argument ensued and the younger Scherer then bludgeoned both mother and father with a baseball bat.  He also used a Turkish sword to stab them.  The murder of Abendroth was especially violent and personal, prosecutor Michael Nieto noted during his closing arguments. 

In an interesting development, defense attorney Richard Foxall found himself reprimanded by Judge Jeffrey Horner for making nonverbal expressions that could potentially have influence over the jury,

If found guilty, Scherer III could serve life behind bars.  A death penalty was not sought in this case. 


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A tip alerted the city’s inspector general, who sent agents to the Department of Transportation building Friday afternoon. Police were called and 13 workers were arrested. The suspects are described as relatively low-level employees in an events unit.

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- Ace King,


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