Woman Charged in Death of Google Executive -- Update

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SANTA CRUZ, California--An alleged high-end prostitute accused of injecting heroin into a Google Inc. executive on his yacht in Santa Cruz and leaving him to die when he overdosed appeared in court on Wednesday on manslaughter and heroin charges.

Alix Tichelman, 26 years old, in handcuffs and a red jumpsuit, didn't enter a plea and was appointed a public defender. She is being held on $1.5 million bail.

Surveillance footage from the yacht shows Ms. Tichelman gather her belongings, including the heroin and needles, step over the 51-year-old victim's body to finish a glass of wine and then lower a blind before leaving the boat, Santa Cruz police said.

Police said Ms. Tichelman didn't provide first aid or call emergency authorities as the man, identified as Forrest Timothy Hayes, suffered medical complications and went unconscious during the November overdose aboard his 50-foot yacht, "Escape." His body was discovered the next morning by the boat's captain, police said.

Police are also investigating Ms. Tichelman in connection with a similar incident in another state, Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said. He didn't elaborate.

"There's a pattern of behavior here where she doesn't seek help when someone is in trouble," he said.

Ms. Tichelman's attorney, Diana August, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment. Assistant District Attorney Rafael Vazquez said authorities are still investigating the case and may file more serious charges.

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

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