3RD UPDATE, 3:39 PM: The ex-boyfriend of Hollywood therapist Dr. Amie Harwick has been ordered to face trial for homicide in connection together with her dying final 12 months.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor dominated right now that the prosecution had introduced “more than enough evidence” in opposition to Gareth Pursehouse within the dying of Harwick, a revered household and intercourse therapist and ex-fiancée of Drew Carey who was thrown from the third-floor balcony of her Hollywood Hills residence on February 15, 2020.
Prosecutors allege that Pursehouse, now 43, was “obsessed” with Harwick. He is charged with one depend every of homicide and first-
diploma residential housebreaking, together with the special-circumstance allegation of mendacity in wait meaning he might face the dying penalty if convicted.
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Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila advised the decide that the occasions that culminated with Harwick’s dying started with an trade a couple of month earlier between the sufferer and Pursehouse outdoors the XBiz grownup leisure awards ceremony on the JW Marriott in Los Angeles, throughout which he allegedly advised her that she had ruined his life and referred to as her a “bitch.”
Avila mentioned the defendant broke into Harwick’s residence and waited about 4 hours for her to return in an try to “catch her by surprise” whereas armed with a syringe containing a “lethal” dose of nicotine.
“With his strength, he throws her over the balcony,” the deputy DA advised the court docket, noting that the 5-foot-4, 120-pound girl seemingly had fought again in opposition to Pursehouse, who’s 6-foot-3 and 100 kilos heavier than she was.
DNA proof discovered beneath her fingernails and on a French door in her front room linked Pursehouse to the assault, Avila mentioned.
One of Pursehouse’s attorneys, Jannet Santiso, famous that the DNA proof couldn’t be dated and neither might scratches and bruises subsequently discovered by police on Pursehouse. She additionally questioned whether or not the DNA proof could have been contaminated.
Another protection lawyer, Robin Bernstein-Lev, advised the decide that testimony that Pursehouse appeared emotional and distraught when he and Harwick met up outdoors the Jan. 16, 2020, awards present didn’t show something aside from that he was making an attempt to speak to her.
There was “no evidence Mr. Pursehouse ever made a threat of harm” to Harwick and “no evidence of a homicidal intent” by Pursehouse, Bernstein-Lev mentioned. “There is no evidence that she was thrown from a balcony. … They’re asking this court to speculate.”
Read extra particulars of the case under.
2ND UPDATE, April 16, 2020: The ex-boyfriend of Hollywood therapist Dr. Amie Harwick pleaded not responsible to a homicide cost right now in Los Angeles. Gareth Pursehouse is accused of killing Harwick, the ex-fiancée of Drew Carey, who was thrown from the third-floor balcony of her Hollywood Hills residence on February 15.
Pursehouse might face the dying penalty if convicted on the homicide cost, which features a particular circumstance allegation of mendacity in wait. Prosecutors will resolve later whether or not to hunt the dying penalty in opposition to him. Read particulars of the case under.
UPDATED, February 20: Potentially going through the dying penalty, he ex-boyfriend accused of murdering Dr. Amie Harwick this previous weekend will proceed to sit down in jail till a minimum of March 4.
An arraignment of Gareth Pursehouse scheduled for this morning within the felony courts in downtown Los Angeles was pushed again to early subsequent month by Judge Miguel Espinoza. Based on his personal order of Thursday, the L.A. Superior Court decide will on March 4 formally oversee Pursehouse, who was re-arrested yesterday afternoon with out bail after posting a $2 million bond simply hours earlier than, being charged with one depend every of homicide and first-degree residential housebreaking with the particular circumstance allegation of mendacity in wait.
Pursehouse will stay being held with risk of bail till subsequent month and sure past that if the workplace of L.A. County D.A. have their approach.
PREVIOUSLY, FEB. 19 PM: The former boyfriend who authorities consider killed Dr. Amie Harwick on February 15 is again behind bars and going through the dying penalty for the Hollywood therapist’s dying.
Less than 24 hours after posting a $2 million bond and strolling free, Gareth Pursehouse was arrested for a second time right now by the LAPD and can face arraignment tomorrow in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. The L.A. County District Attorney’s workplace has charged Pursehouse with one depend every of homicide and first-degree residential housebreaking with the particular circumstance allegation of mendacity in wait.
Pursehouse was first picked up by the cops on Saturday afternoon close to his Playa del Rey residence.
Now being held with out bail, it’s that final a part of the fees that put the suspect in line for the dying penalty within the Golden State. Whether or not Jackie Lacey’s workplace pursues the dying penalty for Pursehouse, or life in jail with out the potential of parole, can be finalized later, representatives for the D.A. mentioned Wednesday. Though California nonetheless palms out capital punishment, Governor Gavin Newsom put the brakes on additional executions by official moratorium in March of final 12 months.
Harwick, 38, the former fiancée of Drew Carey, was killed in the course of the alleged altercation with Pursehouse within the early morning hours of Saturday at her Hollywood Hills residence. A revered household and intercourse therapist, Harwick appeared within the 2015 documentary Addicted to Sexting. She and The Price Is Right host Carey dated for round for a 12 months earlier than the 2 cut up up in 2018.
After courting Pursehouse in previous years, Harwick had a restraining order in opposition to him after they broke up. That order had expired and the duo had seen one another previously few weeks earlier than the assault at Harwick’s residence final weekend, based on the LAPD. That assembly was in passing at an trade occasion, I hear.
Taken to a close-by hospital as soon as police have been referred to as, the L.A. County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner mentioned that the therapist died from blunt drive accidents of the pinnacle and torso. A report made public yesterday categorised Harwick’s dying as a murder. The Coroner’s workplace added that mentioned the accidents occurred when she fell from the third-floor balcony after an altercation. It additionally discovered “evidence of manual strangulation.”
Deputy L.A. D.A Victor Avila of the Major Crimes Division and Deputy L.A. D.A. R.J. Dreiling of the Family Violence Division are prosecuting the case for the County. The LAPD say that the matter continues to be thought of an ongoing investigation.
Jackie Lacey is going through a tough major March 3 problem in her try at a 3rd time period, with two of her personal deputies within the race to switch the incumbent, in addition to former San Francisco prime cop and D.A. George Gascon.
Erik Pedersen and City News Service contributed to this report.