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3rd suspect charged in exotic bird death

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Eric Cuellar (LVMPD) Eric Cuellar (LVMPD)
Justin Teixeira (LVMPD) Justin Teixeira (LVMPD)
A Helmeted Guinea Fowl (Photo from carolinabirds.org) A Helmeted Guinea Fowl (Photo from carolinabirds.org)

The Clark County District Attorney's Office has identified and charged a third suspect in connection with the beheading of an exotic bird at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in October 2012.

Hazhir Kargaran entered a plea of no contest in court on Wednesday to charges of instigating, engaging in or furthering an act of cruelty to an animal, malicious destruction of property and trespassing.

Kargaran was not arrested; rather, a summons was issued for his appearance in court.

Earlier this year, University of California-Berkeley law student Eric Cuellar, 24, pleaded guilty to a charge of torture, injuring, abandoning or starving an animal.

Fellow Berkeley student Justin Teixeira was arraigned on Feb. 11.

The two are accused of killing a helmeted Guinea fowl at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. Surveillance video captured the two allegedly chasing the bird into trees. A witness told police the men then emerged from the trees, carrying the body and severed head of the bird.

Kargaran was captured on that video tape as well, allegedly egging Cuellar and Teixeira on.

"I (expletive) killed wildlife," said Teixeira to Cuellar, as he reportedly threw the body of the dead bird to him, a witness told police.

Teixeira is charged with killing another person's animal - a felony - and torture and harassment of an animal. If convicted, Teixeira could be sentenced to prison, county jail time, probation or other punishments.

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