A plea hearing for accused murderer Ernest Scherer III was continued Monday to May 26.
Scherer III, wearing red jail clothes and shackles at the Renee C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland, has been held on a no-bail warrant at Santa Rita Jail since he was arrested in February.
The 30-year-old faces two counts of homicide with special circumstances for the deaths of his parents, Ernest Scherer Jr., 60, and Charlene Abendroth, 57, and could face the death penalty. The couple were found brutally beaten to death with a sharp instrument March 14, 2008 in their Castlewood Country Club home. Police believe they had been dead for a week.
Scherer is alleged by Alameda County Sheriff's investigators to have killed for financial gain. Investigators have said he stood to collect $1.5 million in inheritance he would have received upon turning 30 if his parents were deceased. Scherer III turned 30 years old July 3, nearly three months after his parents' deaths.