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Las Vegas police release mugshot of Ernest Scherer III, arrested in connection with parents' murders

Original post made on Feb 24, 2009

Nearly a year after a couple was brutally slain in their Castlewood home, authorities have arrested the son for their murders. Ernest Scherer III, 30, was arrested at 6 p.m. Monday night in Las Vegas by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. "As of right now, we have sheriff's homicide investigators in Las Vegas and we are working on the extradition of Mr. Scherer back here to Alameda County," said Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2009 at 8:17 pm

I hope the son gets the death penalty. As Gilbert and Sullivan said "Let the punishment fit the crime". It is unfortunate that he won't be able to suffer as cruel a fate as his parents did.

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Posted by If a picture paints a thousand words...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm

... YIKES!!!

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Posted by Exact10
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Hats off to Scott Dudek and the Sheriffs deputies involved, they pursued this until they got their man....lets hope that the court system backs them up.

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Posted by X
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 25, 2009 at 7:55 pm

the sheriff's office has done a great job solving crimes in our community. this murder and the molestation case. my hats off to them.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 26, 2009 at 11:08 am

Thank you Sheriff! I hate to admit it but I think that Qwerty got it right this time. VIVA QWERTY!

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Posted by aaron
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

wow, what a piece of crap, the courts need to find him guilty with the death penalty. kudos, to the alameda county sheriffs dept. good job. it's good to see.

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Posted by Mother of 2
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 27, 2009 at 7:38 am

Was she his birth mother?

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Posted by Lu
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 27, 2009 at 10:46 am

Yes Cherie was his birth mother. I knew her as a friend. I will never be able to understand how he could have done this. From the beginning I felt that he had something to do with it, but I kept trying to persuade myself that someone would not be capable of doing something like that to his mother let alone his father. Kudos to the investigating work done on this case. Scott Dudek and those working with hime deserve many KUDOS.

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Posted by Family Values
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Feb 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Aaron: "What a piece of crap ..."
It goes far beyond that statement, although you are right.
What a totally disfunctional family to allow things to get so out of whack with all the gambling, etc. I'm sure they didn't see this one coming????

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Posted by US_DOJ_Gov
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Almost 3-Years after the murders, Ernie-3 is currently on trial for Double Homicide with 2 sets of Special Circumstances; 1) Multiple Murders, 2) Murder for Financial Gain

It's now been shown to jurors he had been living a double life from that of his wife & family. He was involved with another woman for 2-Years at the time of his parents' murders & the two spoke everyday.

He he also led double lives from his initial double life too, having had several girlfriends all at the same time without any of the women knowing.

Married for 9-Years, he had placed several CraigsList Personal Ads on its website all across the United States while claiming to be single.

It's not looking too good for Ernie-3 right now at his trial, based on what the Jury has heard thus far.... If convicted, he will be automatically sentenced to Life Without Parole.


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Posted by US_DOJ_Gov
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm

The above was just the womanizing, the Jury has also heard plenty of tasks Ernie-3 did before the March 7, 2008 murders. Being in Las Vegas, all his tasks were caught on several surveillance tapes which the Jury has since watched.

Alameda County Sheriff's Department's introduction & 1st encounter with Ernie-3 took place the day after he was notified of his parents' murder. Ernie-3 showed up at his parents' Pleasanton home, having traveled from Las Vegas, only to be stopped by the yellow "Police Crime Scene" tape which established a perimeter around the entire property. He demanded Police allow him inside his parents' house because he needed their "Will."

Great way to take yourself from obscurity to making yourself the #1-Suspect.


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