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Law students arrested for allegedly beheading exotic bird in Las Vegas

Eric Cuella, 24, and Justin Teixeira, 24
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

(CBS/AP) LAS VEGAS- Two University of California-Berkeley law school students have been arrested after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction, CBS San Francisco reports.

Eric Cuella, 24, and Justin Teixeira, 24, were arrested and jailed on Friday afternoon on charges of suspicion of conspiracy and willful malicious killing of wildlife.

The two men were allegedly seen on Friday laughing and throwing the body of the 14-year-old helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo resort-casino. The animal was a part of the Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat, a garden area with ponds and streams that is home to many types of birds.

Surveillance video captured the men chasing the bird into some trees, authorities say. Witnesses told police that the two emerged carrying the body and severed bird head.

  • Crimesider Staff

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