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UC Berkeley Students Charged For Beheading Bird In Las Vegas Resort

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24-year-old Eric Cuellar (left) and 24-year-old Justin Teixeira are accused of killing an exotic bird at a Las Vegas casino on October 12, 2012. The pair said they are students at the UC Berkeley Law School. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police)

24-year-old Eric Cuellar (left) and 24-year-old Justin Teixeira are accused of killing an exotic bird at a Las Vegas casino on October 12, 2012. The pair said they are students at the UC Berkeley Law School. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police)

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LAS VEGAS (CBS/AP) — Prosecutors have filed charges against two University of California, Berkeley law school students accused in the death and decapitation of an exotic bird at a Las Vegas resort attraction.

Twenty-four-year-old Justin Teixeira was charged Thursday with felony killing of another person’s animal and other torture and cruelty counts. Twenty-four-year-old Eric Cuellar was charged with misdemeanor instigating or engaging in animal cruelty.

Police say the two men were seen Oct. 12 laughing and throwing around the body of a dead, 14-year-old helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo resort-casino. The large bird named Turk was part of the Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat, a garden area with ponds and streams that houses many types of birds.

The men were released on bond after their arrest and are set to be arraigned Feb. 11.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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