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Atlanta area woman charged with killing Google executive

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

There are new details about an Atlanta area woman charged in the death of a wealthy Google executive.

All eyes are focused on the aspiring model and her troubled past.

Alix Tichelman graduated from high school in Duluth, but currently sits in a California jail.

Saturday night on 48 Hours, CBS will explore the case that put her there.

CBS46's Jeff Chirico spoke with 48 Hours correspondent Maureen Maher about the local girl gone bad.

It was on a yacht in Santa Cruz, California, that Tichelman's troubles caught up with her.

Prosecutors said the alleged call girl met Google executive and father of five, Forrest Hayes.

Police said the ship's cameras caught Tichelman injecting Hayes and herself with heroin, then leaving without helping Hayes, who had slumped over in distress.

How does this girl go from an all American young woman in suburban Atlanta to now being charged with manslaughter and prostitution?

The case is made more intriguing because Tichelman's boyfriend, Dean Riopelle, died of a drug overdose two months earlier in Milton, GA.

Tichelman called 911 then.

Riopelle owned the Masquerade nightclub in Atlanta and raised dozens of monkeys. He appeared on CBS46 News less than a year before he died; his girlfriend by his side.

Milton police have reopened the investigation into Riopelle's death to see if troubled beauty had anything to do with it.

"She was talented, she was a writer, she was an athlete, and somewhere in her teens she starts to become very troubled," said Maher. "It's a parents' worst nightmare. She had every opportunity and look where she ended up."

Watch 48 Hours Saturday at 10 p.m. on CBS46 for Maher's story on the case.

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