Woman accused of killing Google executive with heroin


Alix Tichelman

A woman accused of being a prostitute has appeared in court charged with injecting heroin into a Google executive and leaving him to die.

Alix Tichelman, 26, didn't enter a plea and had a lawyer appointed for her.

Santa Cruz police in California claim surveillance footage from his yacht shows Tichelman get her things and step over the 51-year-old victim's body.

It's then claimed she finished a glass of wine and lowered a blind before leaving the boat.

Police said Tichelman did not give the man first aid or call an ambulance after the executive, identified as Forrest Timothy Hayes, suffered medical complications.

He fell unconscious after having an overdose on board his 15m (50ft) yacht, Escape, in November.

His body was discovered the next morning by the boat's captain, police said.

Tichelman is being held on $1.5 million (£876,000) bail.

Alix Tichelman

Officers also say they are investigating Tichelman in connection with a similar incident in another state, Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said.

Tichelman's lawyer, Diana August, did not immediately return a call asking for a comment about her manslaughter charge.

Assistant District Attorney Rafael Vazquez said authorities are still investigating the case and may file more serious charges.

Tichelman was arrested on 4 July after police said a detective enticed her back to the Santa Cruz area by posing as a potential client and reaching agreement on a price of more than $1,000 (£584).

Police said Tichelman met her clients through the website, SeekingArrangement.com, which says it connects wealthy men and women with attractive companions.

She'll next appear in court next Wednesday.

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