Prostitute in Google executive's death may be deported

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced Alix Tichelman to six years in prison on May 19, 2015 for allegedly killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The prostitute who garnered international attention as the "Harbor Hooker" for her role in the 2013 death of a Google executive will reportedly appear before a U.S. immigration judge Wednesday.

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Alix Tichelman, 30, pleaded guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter charges in the heroin-overdose death of Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes. Tichelman, police say, consensually injected Hayes with heroin on his yacht in November 2013, watched him collapse and then left without seeking help.

She spent three years in the Santa Cruz County Jail, according to our media partner the Bay Area News Group. Immediately after leaving custody in May 2015, Canadian-born Tichelman was detained by Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

A U.S. immigration judge in San Francisco, reports the Bay Area News Group, could decide to deport her today.

Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark gave this account of Hayes' death, as seen in surveillance video from the yacht, in a July 2014 interview:

"Tichelman prepares the heroin to a liquid and injects it into Hayes' arm. Shortly after, Hayes clutches his chest, near his heart. Tichelman tries to prop him up, but he then loses consciousness.

Tichelman then starts picking up her belongings, including the needle, and cleans up a counter while stepping over Hayes several times. During that time, Tichelman calmly drinks a glass of wine and surveys the scene.
Tichelman then goes outside the cabin of the boat on the dock, looks back inside, then pulls down a window blind, closes a door and leaves.

"Never does she call 911 or call out to others in nearby boats for help. She never tries to administer any aid to him," Clark said. "She is more concerned about getting herself out and concealing evidence than helping Mr. Hayes."

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Tichelman, according to the Bay Area News Group, has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada.

An ICE spokesman didn't return a call Monday seeking federal custody information.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.