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Google Heroin Hooker Pleads Not Guilty

Attorney says she had no reason to kill "a lucrative source of income." 

Alix Tichelman 

 

Alix Tichelman, the prostitute charged with killing a Google executive aboard a yacht in Santa Cruz by overdosing him on heroin, plead not guilty in court this morning to charges of manslaughter.

An attorney for Tichelman, who is also being investigated in the September death of her then-boyfriend near Atlanta, said that his client would have had no intent to kill Forrest Hayes, since he was a "lucrative source of income." The defense attorney, Larry Biggman went on to say, "She had a motive to continue the relationship. This case is extremely sad. Five kids are without a father—but to blame Alix is simply wrong."

Tichelman was arranged this morning in a Santa Cruz courthouse, pleading not guilty to charges of manslaughter, transporting drugs, destroying evidence, and causing great bodily injury. If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in prison. She remains held in jail on a $1.5 million bond, and is expected back in court on October 20th.

Police have said that security cameras on the yacht (which is for sale) recorded Tichelman injecting Hayes with a lethal dose of heroin, and—after he had fallen unconscious—stepping over his body to gather her possesions, finish a glass of wine, close the shades, and leave the boat.

According to her social media profiles, Tichelman went to high school near Atlanta and studied journalism and Georgia State. She also worked as an exotic dancer at North Beach establishments including Larry Flint's Hustler Club and the Condor. Her Facebook posts include topics of makeup, monkeys, and Marilyn Manson.

Tichelman, who is reported to have charged Hayes $1,000, was living in the Folsom area and boasted to police of over 200 clients. Detectives lured her back to Santa Cruz area by posing online as potential clients.

Police in Georgia have reopened an investigation into the death by heroin overdose of Tichelman's companion, Dean Riopelle, a nightclub owner, monkey farmer, and former front man of the rock band, Impotent Sea Snakes.  

Present in court today were members of Tichelman's family, including her father, Bart Tichelman, an executive at an unspecified tech company.

 

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