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Former Shasta High Student Headed for Trial in Bird Beheading Case

By KRCR Staff
Published On: Apr 25 2013 02:10:27 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 24 2013 10:46:01 PM CDT
LAS VEGAS, Calif. (AP) -

A former Redding man and University of California, Berkeley law student is headed to trial in Nevada state court on felony charges in what prosecutors say was the torture death and beheading of an exotic bird at a Strip resort.

Court officials say Justin Teixeira, 24, waived an evidence hearing Wednesday on animal killing and animal torture charges in the Oct. 12 death of a helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

Teixeira's lawyer didn't immediately respond to messages.

Another Berkeley student pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor.

Witnesses told police the men were seen throwing the dead bird, laughing and talking about killing it, and later carrying the bird's severed head and body.

Police also say they have surveillance video of the two chasing the bird.