Tichleman brought the heroin, injected Hayes with a lethal dose and simply watched as he slipped into unconsciousness and suffered an overdose, according to a Santa Cruz Police Department news release.
Police said that she tried to cover her tracks, taking key evidence with her when she fled the scene, but that surveillance video from the yacht revealed her seemingly deliberate actions.
As Hayes died, Tichleman didn’t call 911. She did, however, collect her belongings — the heroin and needles— while carefully stepping over Hayes’s body. “At one point, she steps over the body to finish a glass of wine,” police said, adding that Tichleman did one more thing before fleeing the boat: She closed the blinds, ensuring that no one would see the body from the outside.