Berkeley Student to Stand Trial for Beheading Exotic Bird

Could potentially end up in prison


A University of California, Berkeley, law student accused of beheading an exotic bird at a Las Vegas Strip resort is headed to trial on felony charges that could get him up to eight years in prison and jeopardize his legal career, authorities said Wednesday.

Justin Alexander Teixeira, 25, of Placerville, Calif., appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court and waived an evidence hearing on animal killing and animal torture charges in the Oct. 12 death of a helmeted guineafowl named Turk at the Flamingo Las Vegas.