CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man facing charges of killing his Dallas-area teacher girlfriend in New Mexico initially claimed she disappeared after threatening to leave with a man who "treated her right," according to a newly released 911 call.
The recording released Thursday reveals that Robert Glenn Earley, 33, of Euless, initially claimed Emily Rebecca Lambert vanished when they parted at a Carlsbad bar on Sunday morning following an argument.
"She was like, 'Well this guy right here has been hitting on me, telling me you aren't treating me right and that he'll treat me right,' so I said, 'If that's what you really want'," he tells a dispatcher.
He also told the dispatcher the 30-year-old Lambert was drunk, dressed in high heels and a "really cute" dress and didn't have her phone, ID or purse with her.
Lambert was visiting Earley, an oil field worker, when the two argued and then got into a physical fight in a Carlsbad motel room, a police detective said in an affidavit.
Police say Earley later told investigators he had knocked Lambert unconscious and took her to a rural area near Carlsbad. According to an affidavit, Earley struck her with an air pump and then used a rope and his car to drag her body behind a barn.
Lambert's body was found Wednesday, wearing only a bra, on private property next to a sheet metal barn. She was located after a lengthy missing persons search.
Earley is charged with murder and tampering with evidence and is being held in lieu of $1 million bond.
It was not known if Earley has an attorney.
Lambert was a first-grade math and science teacher for the Richardson Independent School District at a school in Garland, and she was completing her first year of teaching, district spokesman Tim Clark said.