Prostitute in tech exec's death pleads not guilty

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Alix Tichelman, second from left, stands next to her public defender Athena Reis as she is arraigned in Santa Cruz County Superior Court on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman, faces manslaughter charges in the death last November of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive after she walked away from him when he overdosed on heroin on his yacht. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler, Pool)
Alix Tichelman looks back toward her family after her arraignment in Santa Cruz County Superior Court on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman, faces manslaughter charges in the death last November of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive after she walked away from him when he overdosed on heroin on his yacht. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler, Pool)
This image provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department shows Alix Catherine Tichelman after she was booked into county jail in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Friday, July 4, 2014. Tichelman was arrested on manslaughter and heroin charges after injecting heroin into a Google executive on his yacht in Santa Cruz and leaving him to die when he overdosed, according to police and a newspaper. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Police)
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This image provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department shows Alix Catherine Tichelman after she was booked into county jail in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Friday, July 4, 2014. Tichelman was arrested on manslaughter and heroin charges after injecting heroin into a Google executive on his yacht in Santa Cruz and leaving him to die when he overdosed, according to police and a newspaper. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Police)
The house where bar owner Dean Riopelle overdosed Sept. 17, 2013, while at home with his girlfriend, Alix Tichelman, stands Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Milton, Ga. Two months before police say Tichelman, a high-priced prostitute, calmly left a Google executive dying from a heroin overdose on his yacht, the woman panicked on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as her boyfriend lay on the floor of their home in the throes of a fatal overdose. Police said Thursday they are re-examining the death if Riopelle, 53, the owner of a popular Atlanta music venue. Riopelle had been dating Tichelman, who is now charged with manslaughter in the November death of Google executive Forrest Hayes. She was never charged in Riopelle's death. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
A car sits in the driveway of the Folsom, Calif., house that is listed as the residence of Bart Tichelman, father of Alix Tichelman, who has been charged in the death of Google Inc., executive Forrest Hayes, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Alix Tichelman, 26, was arraigned in Santa Cruz County Superior Court, Wednesday, for the November 2013 death of Hayes, 51. No one answered the door at the two-story home where a neighbor said Tichelman occasionally frequented. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
This Thursday, July 10, 2014 photo shows a message taped to the door of the Folsom, Calif., home that is listed as the residence of Bart Tichelman, father of Alix Tichelman, who is a suspect in the death of Forrest Hayes. It reads, "Please no visitors or media or other contact with the residents, respect our privacy and our property." Alix Tichelman, 26, was arraigned in Santa Cruz County Superior Court, Wednesday, for the November 2013 death of Hayes, 51, an executive with Google Inc., who was found dead on his boat in Santa Cruz harbor. A neighbor said Tichelman occasionally frequented the house, as recently as about two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
This photo provided Thursday, July 10, 2014 by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, shows Alix Tichelman after her arrest on a battery charge, Sept. 6, 2013. Tichelman, the high-priced prostitute charged in the overdose death of a Google executive aboard a yacht in California had searched online for how to legally defend herself after giving a lethal dose of heroin, police in California said Thursday. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)
This Sept. 6, 2013 photo provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, July 10, 2014 shows Alix Tichelman after her arrest on a battery charge. Tichelman, who is charged in the overdose death of a Google executive aboard a yacht in California, had searched online for how to legally defend herself after giving a lethal dose of heroin, police in California said Thursday. On Thursday, authorities in Georgia reopened another overdose case involving Tichelman. Bar owner Dean Riopelle, 53, died of a heroin overdose in September 2013 in Milton, Ga. about two months before Google executive Forrest Hayes died on his yacht. Both had been seeing Tichelman, authorities said. (AP Photo/Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - A high-priced prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die on his yacht in California after shooting him up with a fatal hit of heroin has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and heroin charges.

Twenty-six-year-old Alix Tichelman entered the plea on Wednesday in a Santa Cruz County courtroom. Prosecutors, additionally, charged her with great bodily injury.

A judge refused to reduce her $1.5 million bail.

Police say Tichelman did not help 51-year-old Forrest 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, including the heroin and needles, 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.

Hayes was found the next day.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A high-priced prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die on his yacht after shooting him up with a fatal hit of heroin is scheduled to appear in a California courtroom Wednesday to answer to manslaughter, drug and prostitution charges.

Alix Tichelman, 26, who's being held on $1.5 million bail, may also get a bail hearing at Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

Surveillance footage from the yacht shows Tichelman gather her belongings, including the heroin and needles, casually step over Forrest Hayes' body to finish a glass of wine, clean up a counter, then lower a blind before leaving the yacht on Nov. 23, police said.

The 51-year-old father of five was found dead by the captain of his 50-foot yacht Escape the next day.

The case has prompted police in Milton, Georgia, to re-examine the overdose death of Tichelman's former boyfriend Dean Riopelle, 53, the owner of a popular Atlanta music venue. Police said a panicked Tichelman called police, saying her boyfriend had overdosed on something and wouldn't respond.

She wasn't charged in the case, and an autopsy report listed Riopelle's death as an accidental overdose of heroin, oxycodone and alcohol.

It is not clear how long Tichelman may have been involved in prostitution, though police in Santa Cruz say she had many clients in wealthy Silicon Valley.

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