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Preliminary Hearing Set For Prostitute Charged In Google Executive's Death

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a Northern California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht.

Alix Tichelman was ordered to court April 13 for a preliminary hearing. A judge will decide then if there's enough evidence for Tichelman to stand trial on charges of manslaughter, prostitution and transportation and sales of narcotics. She has pleaded not guilty.

Police say the 27-year-old Tichelman injected Hayes with heroin and then left without seeking help when he passed out from an overdose. Tichelman was arrested eight months later after a surveillance video at the harbor showed Tichelman gather her belongings, casually step over Hayes' body, and finish a glass of wine. She remains jailed in lieu of $1.5 million bond.

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