— CBC News (@CBCNews) July 10, 2014
Diana August is the public defender for Alix Catherine Tichelman (pictured above). Cops say Tichelman is responsible for the death of Google exec Forrest Timothy Hayes. Here’s what you need to know about the woman who represented Alix Tichelman at her first court appearance.
1. Diana August Was Alix Tichelman’s Public Defender
Diana August was the public defender representing Alix Tichelman at Tichelman’s first court appearance in early July. The police believe that Tichelman was a high-end call girl responsible for the death of Google exec Forrest Timothy Hayes.
According to the New York Post, Tichelman allegedly met with Hayes on his yacht in Santa Cruz. Surveillance footage from the yacht is believed to show Tichelman injecting Hayes with heroin, and then failing to come to his aid when Hayes began to overdose. Tichelman reportedly stepped over Hayes’ body to have a glass of wine before she fled the scene.
2. Diana August Has 28 Years of Legal Experience
Alix Tichelman will wait a week before entering plea. https://t.co/nZSA3VTvhN
— Bob Redell (@BobNBC) July 9, 2014
According to the information provided on the California Bar website, Diana August has been practicing law for 28 years. She did her undergrad at the University of Michigan, and went on to earn her law degree from Stanford. The Bar report adds that August is in good standing, with no public record of discipline or administrative actions.
3. August Defended Surfer Dylan David Greiner
Before she made headlines as the public defender for Alix Catherine Tichelman, Diana August was involved in another notable case in Santa Cruz. August represented Dylan David Greiner, a surf instructor charged with possession of child pornography.
According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Greiner was brought to court after some inappropriate conduct with a minor:
“The case started when a 17-year-old girl alleged that Greiner touched her inappropriately three times when she was 14 and 15 years old.
In 2010, the girl’s parents enrolled her in Greiner’s surf school as a birthday present, according to court documents. Greiner immediately took an interest in her and offered her free surf lessons.
They eventually went to the Garden of Eden, a swimming hole off Highway 9 near Felton. Jumping from a rope swing into the water, the girl’s top fell off and he photographed her, prosecutors wrote. The same day, she said she had burrs in her foot. Greiner removed them and licked her toes.”
4. Diana August Questioned a Police Car Stop
Alix Tichelman appointed public defender. Has yet to enter plea. pic.twitter.com/J991hGFCYg
— Bob Redell (@BobNBC) July 9, 2014
Diana August was also involved in another notable case, which revolved around a police car stop that may have been questionable. August challenged a police car stop where two men (Damian Padilla and Aaron James Jimenez) were arrested. The two men were pulled over in the wake of a homicide because their car matched descriptions of the car driven by the shooter in the homicide.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel has a quote from August about the trial:
“Deputy Chief Steve Clark said police absolutely had the right to stop the car after a countywide alert was issued in connection with the homicide.
‘The vehicle and individuals closely matched the description,’ Clark said. ‘That’s how it works.’
Defense attorneys Diana August and Bryan Hackett are not so sure, though they say they need more information and don’t have the necessary police reports.
‘I filed a motion challenging the legality of the detention of my client and am still waiting for more information,’ August said, declining to elaborate without more documentation.”
5. A New Attorney Appeared at the July 16 Tichelman Arraignment
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Diana August arranged for Alix Tichelman’s arraignment to be postponed until July 16. The arraignment was held in Santa Cruz County Courthouse. At her last court appearance on July 9, Tichelman failed to enter a plea of either “guilty” or “not guilty.”
At the July 16 arraignment, Tichelman was represented by new legal counsel: Larry Biggam. According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Biggam argued that Tichelman had no reason to kill Hayes. This was because Hayes was paying Tichelman so well.
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.