Suspect in Pleasonton Double Murder Extradited

A man who was arrested in Las Vegas on Monday for allegedly killing his parents at their country club home in Pleasanton last year was  extradited to the Bay Area this morning is being held without bail in Dublin,  Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

Ernie Scherer III, 30, is charged with two counts of murder and two special-circumstance clauses that could lead to the death penalty. He is  scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday  afternoon, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's office.

Scherer was arrested in connection with the brutal murders of Ernie Scherer, Jr., 60, and his wife, Charlene Abendroth, 57, last March 14,  Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek said.

Detectives believe the couple had been dead inside their Castlewood Country Club home for about a week before they were found.

District Attorney Tom Orloff said the special-circumstance clauses filed against Scherer III are for multiple murder and murder for financial  gain.

Dudek said the father, Ernie Scherer Jr., dabbled in playing poker for small amounts of money but made his living in real estate.

But Dudek said his son, Ernie Scherer III, is a professional gambler who is known to have debts.

Scherer arrived at San Francisco International Airport around 1 a.m. today and was taken to Santa Rita Jail, Nelson said.

The arraignment is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Department 112 at the  courthouse at 661 Washington St. in Oakland, according to Alameda County  Assistant District Attorney Tom Rogers.

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