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The man suspected of killing famed sex and family therapist Dr. Amie Harwick was charged with her murder late Wednesday afternoon.
Gareth Pursehouse is charged with one count each of murder and first-degree residential burglary with the special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, making him eligible for the death penalty, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
The 41-year-old was arrested Saturday by Los Angeles police after his ex-girlfriend Harwick was found with multiple severe injuries from an apparent fall near her Hollywood Hills home.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office ruled Tuesday that the 38-year-old died of blunt force injuries to her head and torso suffered Saturday. The report also listed “evidence of manual strangulation.” The case is ruled a homicide.
Harwick, who formerly had a restraining order against Pursehouse, appeared to have fallen from her three-story balcony, police said.
Pursehouse was released from jail Tuesday night on a $2 million bond, but was re-arrested Wednesday when he was formally charged. Now, he is being held without bond. A decision on whether to seek capital punishment will be made at a later date, according to the district attorney’s office.
Harwick was, for a time, engaged to Price Is Right host and actor Drew Carey.
“I hope you’re lucky enough to have someone in your life that loves as much as she did,” Carey said via Twitter.
CBS canceled tapings of the show for the week while Carey is in mourning.
Pursehouse is due back in court Feb. 20 for his arraignment. It is unclear if he has yet retained council.
5:50 p.m.: This story has been updated throughout with information about charges and a new arrest.
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