Law student pleads not guilty in Las Vegas bird death

Molly Waldron

Law student pleads not guilty in Las Vegas bird death

CREATED May. 14, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A University of California, Berkeley, law student accused in the beheading of an exotic bird at a Las Vegas Strip resort has pleaded not guilty to animal killing and torture charges.

Court officials say 25-year-old Justin Alexander Teixeira appeared Monday on two felony and one gross misdemeanor charge in the Oct. 12 death of a helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo resort.

A jury trial is set for Oct. 14. Security video footage allegedly shows Teixeira and two others chasing the gray bird to a walkway where the bird's body was found.

The head was found amid nearby rocks. Teixeira is due to graduate law school this spring. A felony conviction could block his admission to a state bar.

Another Berkeley student pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor charge.

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