NY Daily News- Two birdbrained California law students are accused of killing and decapitating an exotic bird at a Las Vegas casino, with surveillance footage allegedly showing the pair finding humor in the barbaric beheading. Eric Cuellar and Justin Teixeira, both 24, were jailed on charges of suspicion of conspiracy and willful malicious killing of wildlife — a felony under Nevada’s stricter animal rights laws. Police said the two men were seen Friday laughing and throwing around the body of a dead, 14-year-old, helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Authorities said surveillance video shows the men chasing the bird into some trees. Witnesses said the two emerged carrying the body and severed head of the bird. Helmeted guineafowl are known for their large round bodies and tiny heads with patches of red and blue. Police were called to the scene around 9:35 a.m. Officials said the suspects claimed to study at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
If you run a casino named the Flamingo and keep a flock of rare, exotic birds in close proximity to the place where people spend hours getting shitfaced and losing all the money they have, you get exactly zero sympathy from me when a couple of people decide to exact revenge by beheading one of them and playing catch with it’s dead body. That’s not a matter of it, it’s a matter of when. Plus even though this might seem like an open and shut case, my extensive legal training of watching TNT on weekday afternoons is telling me that there’s a whole lot of circumstantial evidence that might just get these guys off the hook. Sure, in most cases a surveillance video of two guys running into a patch of trees chasing after a bird who seems very much alive and emerging with with it slightly less alive would seem like pretty conclusive evidence until you consider the fact that the bird was pretty old. It’s wouldn’t be that surprising to hear that its head just fell off naturally after a fantastic 14 years of doing whatever it is exotic birds do.