A high-priced escort appeared in court today, a concerned look on her face complementing her shackled hands while sporting a pale red prison jumpsuit, as she pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges in the drug overdose of a former Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) executive.
Escort denied bail until the trial for Google Exec death
Alix Tichelman, 26, was reported to have sat quietly in the back row of the jury box as her attorney was denied in a bid to release her until her trial for the death of Forrest Hayes, 51, a married father of five.
As previously reported in ValueWalk, Hayes was a regular client of Tichelman before being found dead on his yacht, “Escape,” after a heroin overdose administered by Tichelman’s hand. Santa Cruz police, who lured Tichelman into their city with a sex for hire offer and then arrested her, claimed she had an “ongoing prostitution relationship” with the victim, met him the night he died and injected him with heroin. Footage from a security camera on the yacht showed Hayes “suffering medical complications and going unconscious,” officials said. Instead of calling paramedics, Tichelman gathered her belongings, including drugs and paraphernalia, and in a particularly callous moment stepped over his body to “finish a glass of wine” before lowering the blinds and departing.
Google Exec death was an accident
The lawyers defending Tichelman claim Hayes’ death was an accident and a case of involuntary manslaughter, not murder with the prosecution trying the accused in the court of public opinion. “To demonize Alix Tichelman here is just wrong,” Larry Biggam was quoted as saying. “This was a consensual sexual encounter initiated by Mr. Hayes. … She had no reason to harm him. He was a lucrative source of income to her.”
Today nearly a dozen news media from around the country lined the courtroom to witness proceedings involving the woman who billed herself as a model and aspiring writer and allegedly offered her companionship for hundreds of dollars on prostitution websites, which ultimately led to the death of a tech savvy client who equipped his boat with surveillance video cameras.
Tichelman is “very concerned” about the prospect of going to prison, Athena Reis, the public defender assigned to Tichelman’s case, was quoted in the article saying. She was not surprised the judge denied her request for a reduction in bail. Tichelman’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 20.