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Law student pleads guilty to killing exotic bird

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Justin Teixeira (LVMPD) Justin Teixeira (LVMPD)
A Helmeted Guinea Fowl (Photo from carolinabirds.org) A Helmeted Guinea Fowl (Photo from carolinabirds.org)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The second University of California-Berkeley law student charged in the beheading of an exotic bird at the Flamingo hotel and casino on Wednesday pleaded guilty.

Justin Teixeira pleaded guilty in justice court to killing another person's animal. His trial was vacated and sentencing was set for Oct. 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Earlier this year, fellow law student Eric Cuellar pleaded guilty to a charge of torture, injuring, abandoning or starving an animal.

The two killed a helmeted Guinea fowl at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. Surveillance video captured the two 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.

"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 could be sentenced to prison, county jail time, probation or other punishments.

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