was found guilty of the murder of a Hollywood therapist And without the possibility of parole.
Here’s a look at the evidence that led to his conviction.
Gareth Pursehouse arrested
In the afternoon oGareth Pursehouse was arrested near his home for , Amie Harwick. The two had not dated in almost ten years.
LAPD investigators have collected a trove of evidence released after Pursehouse’s 2023 trial.
A rush for help
Amie Harwick’s roommate, Michael Herman, said he was awakened by a “blood-curdling scream” in the early morning hours of February 15, 2020. Herman says he could see someone was attacking above Harwick. He rushed to find his phone, but couldn’t. Herman made the difficult decision to leave to seek help. He is seen on a neighbor’s Ring camera banging on the door, but no one responded. Herman found someone on the street and used his phone to call 911.
Harwick’s parents, Penny and Tom Harwick, tell “48 Hours” that Herman “made the right decisions.”
Police body camera video
When police arrived at Harwick’s home, they tried to make sense of the chaotic scene. Michael Herman told police that someone had attacked Harwick. He did not see the intruder, but he said he heard the attack.
First impressions at Amie Harwick’s home
When officers first searched the home that evening, there was no sign of forced entry, but Harwick’s belongings were scattered on the floor, including her purse.
Amie Harwick’s jacket
Harwick’s coat was found on the floor of her TV room.
The Broken Necklace by Amie Harwick
Harwick’s broken necklace was also found on the floor of her TV room.
LAPD officers discover a syringe
As officers continued to search upstairs, they did sowhich contained a mysterious yellow-brown substance on the third floor balcony. Responding officers initially thought the syringe contained heroin, but LAPD Detective Scott Masterson said he knew that was not the case. The syringe was sent for testing by the FBI and months later was found to contain a lethal dose of liquid nicotine.
Point of entry
In the daylight, investigators noticed a broken glass panel on the French doors of Harwick’s home. “As soon as we saw that, okay… This is our starting point,” Masterson said.
Blood on the floor
Next to what the investigators had identified as their entry point, they found a blood stain on the floor. A blood sample was sent to the LAPD laboratory and the results revealed a match to Gareth Pursehouse’s DNA.
Amie Harwick’s unmade bed
As he walked through the Harwick house, something caught Masterson’s attention. “Everything was neat, clean, tidy and put away,” he said. Everything except Amie’s bed. The covers were pulled back. “I think [Gareth Pursehouse] climbed into her bed,” Masterson said. He calls it ‘very creepy’.
Caught on security camera
Detectives found security footage from the neighbor’s security camera, which they say showed Pursehouse walking through Harwick’s neighbor’s yard and jumping over a fence into Harwick’s backyard.
Block the camera
Pursehouse was also seen on security footage attempting to cover a neighbor’s security camera with his gloved hand. Prosecutors told ’48 Hours’: ‘It will stop the movement and turn off the camera.’
The police interrogation of Michael Herman
Hours after Harwick was attacked, Herman went to the Hollywood Police Department for an interview. He says Harwick had an ex-boyfriend against whom she had filed a restraining order, but it had expired. He told them he couldn’t remember the ex-boyfriend’s name, but that another friend of Harwick’s would know.
That friend gave the name of police Gareth Pursehouse.
Signs of a struggle
Pursehouse was arrested. Police say he appeared to have a black eye and what appeared to be a bite mark on his bicep. “To us it was an indication that Amie was fighting for her life,” prosecutor Victor Avila told “48 Hours.” “But she was clearly up against a much bigger, stronger opponent.”
“How hard did Amie fight for her life?” asked 48 Hours correspondent Erin Moriarty.
“I think she fought with everything she had,” Masterson said.