Will Amie Harwick’s Ex-Boyfriend Face the Death Penalty?

Amie Harwick, who worked as a sex and marriage therapist in Hollywood, was found dead on February 15 below the balcony of her home. Harwick was also once engaged to Drew Carey. Since her untimely death, investigations have been ongoing, but the prime suspect is her ex-boyfriend, Gareth Pursehouse. Now, it seems as if Pursehouse could be facing a possible death penalty as the result of a special circumstance in the charges levied against him. Here’s what we know so far.  

Amie Harwick’s ex-boyfriend faces possible death penalty

Dr. Amie Harwick
Dr. Amie Harwick | Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

On February 15, officers responded to a call about a woman screaming in Hollywood Hills. They arrived to find Amie Harwick’s body on the ground below her balcony. Hardwick was rushed to the hospital, where she died. 

Now, her ex-boyfriend is facing a possible death penalty following his arrest, bail, and re-arrest after the incident. Amie Harwick had previously levied a restraining order against Pursehouse, but it had since expired. 

In court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Harwick said of Pursehouse, “He has suffocated me, punched me, slammed my head on the ground, kicked me, This has resulted in bruises, inability to walk, bleeding, broken blood vessels around face, whiplash, sore neck, and back.”

In fact, Harwick had two restraining orders against Pursehouse, who she dated almost ten years ago. The first restraining order was from 2011, and the second from 2012. Pursehouse has been described as obsessive when it comes to Harwick, and something of a stalker.

Pursehouse was arrested on February 15 and held on $2 million bail, which he posted. However, he was arrested a second time on February 19 on a no-bail warrant after charges were updated to murder and first-degree residential burglary, alongside the allegation of lying in wait. 

Page Six reports that Assistant Chief DA Greg Risling said, “The defendant faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged. A decision on whether to seek capital punishment will be made at a later date.”

Drew Carey and Amie Harwick’s patients react

Drew Carey and Amie Harwick
Drew Carey and Amie Harwick | Michael Bezjian/WireImage

Since Amie Harwick’s death, many have opened up about how important she was to them both personally and as a therapist. 

Drew Carey told Us Weekly, “Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime. She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist. I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation.”

One Twitter user wrote, “I was so saddened to receive this news today. Dr Amie Harwick was my therapist. Her work changed my life. It’s truly heartbreaking that she passionately dedicated her life helping others heal from trauma and live freely. This shouldn’t have happened to her.”

Wendy Williams jokes at Harwick’s expense

Meanwhile, not everyone is taking the incident as seriously as they ought to. Wendy Williams, who is notorious for her controversial and insensitive comments, recently made a joke about Amie Harwick’s death that did not go over well. 

During a portion of her show, Wendy Williams discussed the event, explaining what happened. She said, “She was killed not by Drew, but by the ex.” She then interrupted herself to blurt out Drew Carey’s The Price is Right line, “Come on down!” As she said the line, she mimicked someone watching a person fall from a great height. The audience went silent, clearly not impressed.