SEX therapist Amie Harwick was texting with a friend about visiting him minutes before she was strangled, it’s been revealed.
Harwick, 38, the former fiancee of comedian Drew Carey, died last Saturday in Los Angeles after she was strangled at her Hollywood Hills home and thrown from a third floor balcony.
Ex-boyfriend Garth Pursehouse has been charged with murder and first-degree residential burglary with the enhanced charge of lying in wait, meaning he faces the death penalty.
But a CBS News’ 48 Hours investigation has revealed shortly before she was killed, Harwick was casually texting best pal Robert Coshland about an upcoming trip.
After an exchange of texts, she made her last at 1.01am. Just minutes later, at 1.16am, police responded to a radio call of a “woman screaming”.
They found Harwick lying beneath the third-floor balcony of her home, battered and unresponsive. She later died.
In an emotional interview, Coshland said when he heard the next day, he immediately told police whom he thought the attacker was.
He said: “And they were like, you know, ‘Do you know who might have done this?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, Gareth.’”
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Coshland said Harwick had once told him “If anything ever happens to me, you know it’s him".
It has emerged that in April 2012, she sought another restraining order against him, which was granted and valid until it recently expired.
Harwick’s ex-fiancee, Drew Carey, said he was “overcome with grief” after her death.
The two were engaged in early 2018, but later split.
The comedian is calling for domestic violence law reforms in the wake of her murder.
The petition, organised by pal Diana Arias and directed at California local and state legislators, alleges that Harwick “was murdered as a result of poor laws not protecting the victims and treating the offenders".
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Pursehouse's arraignment has been postponed to March 4.
The public defender's office representing him has not commented.
The coroner's office ruled Harwick's death a homicide on Monday and said she was killed by blunt force injuries.
An autopsy also revealed she was also strangled.
The Life and Death of Amie Harwick will be broadcast Saturday at 10pm on the CBS Television Network.
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