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  • 17 July 2014, 8:44

Google Call Girl 'A Wounded Bird, Not A Killer'

An alleged prostitute charged in the death of a Google executive is a "wounded bird" who had no reason to kill the man, her attorney has said.

Alix Tichelman pleaded not guilty in a California court on Wednesday to manslaughter and other charges in the death of 51-year-old Google executiveForrest Hayes.

Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom in Santa Cruz, defence attorney Larry Biggam said Tichelman had no reason to kill Mr Hayes, given how much money he was paying her.

He said: "There was no intent to harm or injure Mr Hayes. Why would she? He was a lucrative source of income to her.

"She appreciated the generosity and she had a motive, if any, to elongate, not end the relationship."

Mr Biggam called Tichelman a "wounded bird".

He said his client and Mr Hayes engaged in "mutual consensual drug usage" during a sexual encounter initiated and encouraged by Mr Hayes.

Prosecutors say Tichelmanmade no effort to help Mr Hayes after she injected him with a fatal dose of heroin while on board his 50ft yacht last November.

Surveillance footage purportedly showsTichelmancasually stepping over Mr Hayes' body as she gathers her belongings.

The 26-year-old alleged call girl then finishes her glass of wine before exiting the yacht on November 23, police say.

Mr Hayes, a married father of five, was found dead the next day.

Tichelman is charged with manslaughter, great bodily injury and heroin possession. Prosecutors have said they may bring additional, more serious charges.

A judge on Wednesday refused to lower her $1.5m bail.

Meanwhile, police in Georgia are reviewing the September 2013 death of Tichelman's former boyfriend Dean Riopelle.

Tests found the 53-year-old Atlanta music venue owner's death was caused by an accidental overdose of heroin,oxycodone and alcohol.

Police said Tichelman called 911, saying her boyfriend had overdosed.

She was not charged in the case.

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