A prediction made by Ernest Scherer III around the time he was on trial for murder has come true, but not in the way he'd hoped.
While in jail awaiting his trial, Scherer joked in a letter to friends that the case could end up on CBS 48 Hours Mystery. The letter was read to jurors during prosecutor Michael Nieto's opening arguments.
Now, nearly a year after his conviction and sentence to two life sentences for the brutal double murder of his parents, Scherer's story will hit the small screen. CBS is due to air a piece on the show this at 10 p.m. tonight. The local CBS affiliate is Channel 5, KCBS.
In March 2011, Ernest Scherer III was found guilty of killing his parents in an attack inside their Castlewood home in March 2008. An Alameda County Superior Court jury deliberated nearly 11 hours before finding him guilty on all counts.
Scherer, 33, was found guilty of two counts of murder for financial gain and one count of committing multiple murders in the deaths of his parents, Ernest Scherer Jr., 60, and Charlene Abendroth, 57. He was also found guilty of a use-of-a-deadly weapon clause for using a sharp instrument to kill his parents.
The convicted killer received two consecutive life sentences without parole on May 20, 2011.
The CBS profile of the case tracks the year-long investigation and interviews Scherer's ex-wife Robyn and sister Catherine, who both became convinced of his guilt in the days following the murders, and prosecutor Nieto, but saves information about his conviction until the end of the show.