SANTA CRUZ -- An initial court hearing Wednesday in the case of a high-end call girl accused in the heroin overdose death of a Google executive was delayed a week.

Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, of Folsom, stands accused of manslaughter and a series of heroin-related charges for the Nov. 26 death of Forrest Timothy Hayes. Hayes, 51, was discovered the next morning on his 50-foot yacht, the "Escape" at the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor by his ship's captain.

Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Timothy Volkmann left Tichelman's bail set at its initial $1.5 million amount and assigned public defender defense attorney Diana August to Tichelman's case. Tichelman appeared in cuffs, dressed in a red jail jumpsuit, and alternated between looking out at the audience and hanging her head. She did not enter a plea during the hearing, and is due to appear again before the court on July 16.

Alix Tichelman waits to be escorted from Santa Cruz Superior Court on Wednesday after appearing to face manslaughter charges for the November 26 murder of
Alix Tichelman waits to be escorted from Santa Cruz Superior Court on Wednesday after appearing to face manslaughter charges for the November 26 murder of Forrest Timothy Hayes. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Prosecutor Rafael Vazquez had little to say outside court Wednesday about whether more serious charges may be filed, as the case remains in its early stages. August was not immediately available for comment.

Santa Cruz police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said Monday that security footage on Hayes' yacht showed that he suffered from medical complications and lost consciousness after being injected with heroin. Police allege that Tichelman provided and injected Hayes with heroin.

Clark said Tichelman appears to ignore the fact that Hayes is unconscious. He said she stepped over him several times to gather her belongings and even stopped to drink a glass of wine and pulled down a window blind before leaving, Clark said. He said he did not know if the video showed whether there was sexual contact.


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Police lured Tichelman back to Santa Cruz for a supposed paid rendezvous with a fictitious wealthy man at an unnamed Santa Cruz County hotel. She was taken to the police station where she was arrested Friday. Police are also alleging that Tichelman may have been involved in a similar death out of state, but declined to reveal details Tuesday.

Tichelman faces charges of manslaughter, heroin possession, administering heroin, transport of a controlled substance, all felonies and misdemeanor charges of concealing and destroying evidence.

Hayes, originally from Dearborn, Michigan, worked in the auto industry early in his career. He lived in Santa Cruz for years and worked at technology giants such as Sun Microsystems, Apple and Google, according to his friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 17 years and his five children.

Police declined to say when Hayes and Tichelman first crossed paths.

Authorities said they met on SeekingArrangement.com, which according to the website is, "for sugar daddies and sugar babies seeking mutually beneficial relationships and arrangements." Tichelman attended high school in Atlanta, according to her Facebook page. She describes herself on Facebook and Twitter as an aspiring model, makeup artist, writer, exotic dancer and a "hustler." In January 2013, she posted on Facebook that "life is great, a great boyfriend, nice house, monkeys, loving family ... doesn't get any better than this i don't think." She wrote that she attended a beauty school and also studied journalism at Georgia State University.

One of her Facebook pages contains an alias, AK Kennedy, and her social media posts range from poems about heroin to a love of the TV show "Dexter," about a blood spatter technician who is also a serial killer. Pursed-lipped selfies show her posing with dyed red hair, tattoos and black lingerie.

Contact Jessica A. York at jyork@santacruzsentinel.com. Following on Twitter @ReporterJess.