VIDEO – Judge Won’t Lower Bail for Accused Killer Alix Tichelman

SANTA CRUZ (KRON) — Acccused killer and prostitute Alix Tichelman remains in jail after a judge Wednesday morning refused to order her release or to reduce her bail from $1.5 million.

Tichelman stood next to her attorney in the Santa Cruz County Superior Court as the judge explained that because of the seriousness of the crimes alleged and the defendant’s lack of ties to the community, there are no grounds for changing the bail amount.

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That means Tichelman will likely remain behind bars until her next court hearing on October 20th.

“I just want to say this case is extremely sad,” public defender Larry Biggam told reporters after the hearing. “There are five kids without a father today but to demonize and sensationalize or totally blame Alix Tichelman for his death is misplaced, unfair, and simply wrong. This case is about two adults who were engaged in mutual, consensual drug usage in the context of a sexual encounter initiated and encouraged by Mr. Hayes. There was no intent to injure, harm, much less kill Mr. Hayes.

Tichelman is charged with manslaughter in the heroin overdose of Google executive Forrest Hayes on board his yacht in Santa Cruz. Police have said they have surveillance video showing Tichelman stepping over Hayes’ body to retrieve a glass of wine as he was dying.

Since her arrest, authorities in Georgia say they have reopened the investigation into the death of a former rock musician who also appeared to die of a drug overdose in Tichelman’s presence.

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KRON 4’s Rob Fladeboe reports from Santa Cruz
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Raw Video of Alix Tichelman Bail Hearing, July 16, 2014
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