Alleged prostitute denies role in Google executive drug death
Alix Tichelman, 26, appeared in court in Santa Cruz, a week after being charged with manslaughter, prostitution, destroying evidence and transporting a controlled substance.world Updated: Jul 16, 2014 23:29 IST
An alleged high-priced call girl accused of killing a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin and then fleeing his yacht pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
Alix Tichelman, 26, appeared in court in Santa Cruz, a week after being charged with manslaughter, prostitution, destroying evidence and transporting a controlled substance.
A judge denied her request for her $1.5 million bail to be reduced, and she was ordered to remain in custody.
Tichelman was arrested on July 4 by Santa Cruz police, who identified her as the woman in a surveillance video on the yacht where 51-year-old Forrest Hayes was found dead of an overdose in November.
The video shows Hayes suffering "medical complications" and passing out after being injected by Tichelman -- and then shows her leaving the scene, instead of administering first aid or calling for an ambulance, police said.
Tichelman stepped over Hayes at one point to finish a glass of wine, according to investigators, who added that she lowered window blinds to hide the man from view.
His body was found the next morning.
The California woman was arrested after being lured to an upscale hotel by investigators under the pretense of meeting a rich man willing to pay well for sex, according to court documents.
Tichelman used a "Seeking Arrangements" website to connect with men and boasted of having more than 200 clients, investigators said.
Hayes reportedly met Tichelman through the website, which promises that a "Sugar Daddy" can use it to find "Sugar Babies" for "upfront and honest arrangements with someone who will cater to your needs."