Two law students accused of killing exotic bird facing charges
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Criminal charges have been filed against the law students accused of killing an exotic bird at the Flamingo Las Vegas in October.
District Attorney Steve Wolfson and his staff have been investigating the case for the past two months. After acquiring more evidence, they decided to file criminal charges.
Justin Teixeira, 24, has been charged with killing another person’s animal (felony); torturing, overdriving, injuring or abandoning animals (felony); conspiracy to torture, harass or abandon animals (gross misdemeanor); and instigating, engaging in or furthering an act of cruelty to an animal (misdemeanor).
If convicted on all counts, Teixeira could be sentenced to time in prison, county jail time, probation, and/or other punishments as provided by law.
Eric Cuellar, 24, was charged with instigating, engaging in or furthering an act of cruelty to an animal (misdemeanor).
If convicted, Cuellar could face a sentence of two days to six months in jail, 48 to 120 hours of community service, and a $200 to $1,000 fine, and any other appropriate punishment.
Teixeira and Cuellar were arrested the day of the incident, Oct. 12, 2012. Both are students at the law school at the University of California, Berkley.
The men allegedly chased the bird, severed its head, and then were seen throwing the bird around and laughing.
According to witnesses, there may have been a third person involved.
Police say that the investigation is ongoing and could result in criminal charges against one or more additional individuals.
The students are accused of killing a 14-year-old Helmeted Guinea Fowl named Turk at the Flamingo's wildlife habitat.
Teixeira and Cuellar have been ordered to appear in court on Feb. 11.