1. Alix Catherine Tichelman Was Arraigned on July 16
After a postponement was agreed on earlier in the month, Tichelman’s arraignment was moved to July 16. At the arraignment, Tichelman simply answered “Yes” on the two occasions the judge asked her if she understood the charges.
2. Diana August Did Not Appear at the July 16 Arraignment
— CBC News (@CBCNews) July 10, 2014
You can see the back of August’s head in the image above.
Diana August was the public defender originally assigned to Tichelman. She was present at Tichelman’s last court appearance. According to the information provided on the California Bar website, Diana August has been practicing law for 28 years.
Before she made headlines as the public defender for Alix Catherine Tichelman, Diana August was involved in another notable case in the Santa Cruz area. August represented Dylan David Greiner, a surf instructor who was charged with possession of child pornography.
“‘To demonize Alix Tichelman here is just wrong,’ he said. ‘This was a consensual sexual encounter initiated by Mr. Hayes. … She had no reason to harm him. He was a lucrative source of income to her.'”
USA Today also notes that Tichelman’s legal team included a different pubic defender who was not Diana August. The new public defender assigned to the case is Athena Reis.
3. Alix Catherine Tichelman Entered a ‘Not Guilty’ Plea
According to a report in the Houston Chronicle,Tichelman pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter, great bodily injury, and heroin possession at the arraignment. Further charges may be leveled against Tichelman by the prosecution as the investigation continues to unfold.
4. The Tichelman Family Appeared in Court
Above is a picture of Alix Tichelman side-by-side with her father, Bart.
5. Alix Tichelman’s Next Court Appearance Will Be in October
Alix Catherine Tichelman’s next court appearance has been set for October 20. That date may be subject to change, however. You can see raw footage from Tichelman’s July 16 bail hearing in the video below.