Hollywood sex therapist Amie Harwick, the former fiancee of comedian Drew Carey, was casually texting with a friend minutes before her death, according to a new report.
Harwick, 38, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. Her ex-boyfriend Garth Pursehouse was charged with murder and first-degree residential burglary with the enhanced charge of lying in wait, making him eligible for the death penalty.
Prior to her death, Harwick was texting with her best friend Robert Coshland, discussing plans for an upcoming trip, according to CBS News.
He sent his last text around 11pm, and she responded at 1.01am. Minutes later, at 1.16am, police responded to a radio call of a 'woman screaming.'
Amie Harwick was texting with her best friend Robert Coshland (with her left) minutes prior to her death. Her ex-boyfriend Garth Pursehouse (right) was charged with murder
Harwick and Coshland (together above) were apparently close friends, and were texting about plans for an upcoming trip minutes before her murder
Pursehouse's arraignment has been postponed to March 4. The public defender's office, which is representing the 41-year-old, did not immediately return a request for comment.
The coroner's office ruled Harwick's death a homicide on Monday and attributed the cause to blunt force injuries, according to its website.
Harwick's autopsy showed evidence of 'manual strangulation,' coroner's spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said Thursday in an email, noting that the fatal fall from the balcony occurred after an 'altercation.'
Officers found evidence of a struggle and a forced entry to the home, police said.
Detectives learned Harwick had recently expressed fear about an ex-boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order against him, according to a police statement. The restraining order had expired.
Harwick's website described her as a marriage and sex therapist. She appeared on TV and radio and wrote a book called 'The New Sex Bible for Women.'
Carey dated Harwick for two years before the pair split in 2018, months after announcing their engagement.
'I hope you´re lucky enough to have someone in your life that loves as much as she did,' Carey said on Twitter. CBS canceled the 'Price is Right' game show for the week while he mourns.
Pursehouse was initially arrested Saturday and posted $2 million bond. He was re-arrested Wednesday on a no bail warrant.
The special circumstance allegation of lying in wait means that he is eligible for a death penalty sentence in California if he is convicted.
The coroner's office ruled Harwick's death a homicide on Monday and attributed the cause to blunt force injuries, according to its website
Harwick was formerly engaged to the Price is Right host Drew Carey but they split in November 2018 after dating for more than a year
Cops were called to Harwick's Hollywood Hills home in the early hours of Saturday morning after reports of a 'woman screaming'.
She was suffering grave injuries and died in hospital from blunt force injuries to the head and