Attorney: Prostitute had no reason to kill exec - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

Attorney: Prostitute had no reason to kill exec

Posted: Updated:
Alix Tichelman, left, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler) Alix Tichelman, left, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A defense attorney says a woman accused by police of being high-priced prostitute and abandoning a Google executive after shooting him up with a fatal dose of heroin would never have wanted him to die because he was paying her well.

Larry Biggam, whose law firm is representing 26-year-old Alix Tichelman, said after a court hearing on Wednesday Tichelman had every reason to continue the relationship with 51-year-old Forrest Hayes.

Tichelman pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter, great bodily injury and heroin possession. Prosecutors have said they are still reviewing the case and may bring additional, more serious charges against her.

Police say Tichelman did not help Hayes or call 911 as he went unconscious after she administered heroin to him.

According to police, surveillance footage from the yacht shows Tichelman gather her belongings, casually step over Hayes' body to finish a glass of wine, clean up a counter, then lower a blind before leaving the yacht on Nov. 23.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.