Law School Grad Decapitates Bird in Front of Hotel Guests


A University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate apparently didn’t think decapitating a bird in front of horrified hotel guests was against the law in Vegas during an October 2012 bender. Hewas sentenced Monday to up to four years’ probation and 16 hours of animal shelter work per month for beheading a chicken-sized exotic bird during a drunken escapade in October 2012 at a Las Vegas Strip resort.


A likeness of the victim (above). 

Justin Alexander Teixeira, 25, apologized Monday to the state of Nevada and to people affected by the death of the helmeted guineafowl named Turk. Teixeira, of Placerville, California, pleaded guilty in May 2013 to one felony charge of killing another person’s animal

“It was the worst moment of my life,” Teixeira said in his first public comment about the incident. “If there was anything I could do to undo it, I would.”

To the horror of hotel guests having breakfast nearby, Teixeira wrung the animal’s neck, tossed the bird’s body and flipped the head into some nearby rocks. Pro Tip: What happens in Vegas goes with you to your court-ordered volunteer job.