A California man was found guilty of brutally murdering his sex therapist ex-girlfriend – who once was the fiancée of Drew Carey’s.
Gareth Pursehouse, of Playa del Rey, was convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of Amie Harwick. On Wednesday, Pursehouse was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Pursehouse, 45, allegedly broke into Harwick’s home, waited for as many as four hours for her to get home, and attacked her.
Pursehouse reportedly murdered Harwick, 38, by throwing her over a third-floor balcony at her home in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles around 1:00 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2020, prosecutors said. Harwick fell 20 feet and landed in the backyard patio, according to court documents. Police said they could hear Harwick faintly breathing.
Harwick died at a hospital two hours later.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the woman died from “blunt force injuries of the head and torso” and that there was evidence of “manual strangulation.”
Pursehouse and Harwick had dated years earlier for about 18 months. Harwick obtained a restraining order against him in 2012.
WABC reported, “The prosecutor said Pursehouse was a ‘man who couldn’t move on,’ and noted that Harwick had written an email to herself and sent text messages to friends indicating that she was scared of Pursehouse after randomly seeing him at an event about a month earlier and rebuffing his subsequent attempts to stay in contact with her.”
Harwick was a therapist who advised married couples and was a published author who wrote about sex and relationships.
Harwick was once briefly engaged to comedian and “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey.
In April 2020, Carey said, “After Amie’s murder, I took a week off. Really, I couldn’t function. My first day back we taped the high school show for ‘Kids Week.’ It was all high school kids. It was my very first show back, and everybody knew what happened to me. And so I took time during the break to talk to these kids.”
Carey said of Pursehouse killing Harwick, “I wish he never did it. I wish he never met her. I really try to practice instant forgiveness and unconditional love. The closest you can get to that, the better you are.”
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