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 [auth] 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.