In a piece of news that probably makes some House Republicans lick their lips, Mercury News, a Silicon Valley news outlet, has details on the murder trial of a man who is apparently a professional poker player. According to the article, Ernest Scherer III is on trial for driving from Las Vegas to his parents’ home in Pleasanton, CA in March 2008 where he stabbed and beat them to death in order to receive an inheritance which would help pay off gambling debts.
Scherer’s 94 year old grandfather, who turned in his grandson three months after the slayings, testified that the defendant showed up at his house the next morning for a scheduled bridge game and declared, “my two best friends are my dad and my granddad,” a comment that he regarded as out of character at the time.
A look at Ernest Scherer III’s Hendon Mob database indicates that the media may be somewhat accurate in their description of him as a “professional poker player”. Scherer has cashed in a litany of live poker tournaments spanning from 2003-2008, including one cash in a Los Angeles poker tournament three months after he allegedly killed his parents. Scherer’s biggest accomplishment in live tournaments was bubbling the TV final table in the $10,000 buy-in North American Poker Championship in 2005. He received $68,000 for that finish.