Alameda County Prosecutor David Stein told a judge Friday that he won't be seeking the death penalty for Ernest Scherer III, who is accused of brutally murdering his parents in their Castlewood Country Club home.
Scherer, 31, has plead not guilty to charges that he killed his father, Ernest Scherer Jr., 60, and mother, Charlene Abendroth, 57, in March 2008. He faces special circumstances -- multiple murder and murder for financial gain. He was ordered to stand trial in August after testimony was given from a variety of witnesses.
As Scherer sat alongside other suspects in custody at the Renee C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland Friday, Judge Morris Jacobson said an end to the case would likely be two years from now.
The judge, in speaking with Scherer's public defender, Attorney Richard Foxall, said a trial would likely start next spring or summer.
Scherer was arrested back in February and remains in custody on a no-bail warrant at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.