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Law Students Charged with Decapitating Exotic Bird at Vegas Casino

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept.(LAS VEGAS) -- Two University of California-Berkeley students are accused of decapitating an exotic 14-year-old bird at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino’s wildlife habitat in Las Vegas.

Eric Cuellar and Justin Teixeira, both 24, were captured on surveillance video Friday morning chasing the helmeted guinea fowl into some trees and then emerging carrying its severed body, according to a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The two men, who said they are law students at the school, then laughed about the killing and threw the body of the bird, witnesses told police.

They were booked into the Clark County Detention Center and face felony charges of conspiracy and the willful and malicious torture or killing of wildlife.

The Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat is home to hundreds of animals, including swans, ducks, turtles and of course, flamingos.

It was not clear whether Cuellar and Teixeira had hired an attorney.

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Father Decapitates Himself, Sets Trailer on Fire

Comstock/Thinkstock(YORKTOWN, Va.) -- A father of two set a trailer of his belongings on fire, then decapitated himself just blocks from where his wife and children lived in Yorktown, Va., about 15 miles from Williamsburg.

The 46-year-old man has not been identified by police because his death has been ruled a suicide, but police told ABC News he had recently moved from Chicago to join his wife, teenage daughter and son, who is in middle school. York County Sheriff Danny Diggs said the couple had separated, but he didn't know if they had divorced.

The man had stayed with the mother of his children Monday night, Diggs said, but "she told him that was unacceptable -- he would have to find his own place."

"That could have led to his distress," Diggs said.

When police responded Tuesday morning to a domestic dispute at the Willow Lakes housing development, where the man's wife and children live, they spotted a car and trailer near the busy intersection of Holmes Boulevard and Wolf Trapp Road. The trailer was on fire.

The fire department arrived around the same time the police deputy did, and the firefighter asked the man to exit the vehicle.

"At this time we didn't know it was the same guy," Diggs said.

"He refused to get out," Diggs said, noting the man had been "difficult with on-scene personnel."

Then he said he was going to kill himself, said Diggs.

That's when one of the firefighters noticed a wire cable around the man's neck. That cable was looped through the back window of his white Ford Explorer and attached to a tree about 10 feet away.

"They tried to convince him to get out. He then accelerated the vehicle, which pulled him out of the vehicle and eventually decapitated him," said Diggs. "This is one of the most bizarre cases that any of us had ever seen or heard of."

Both children were at their nearby home at the time, although neither the children nor their mother saw the decapitation, Diggs said.

After the man's body catapulted through the car's rear window, the car and the trailer (which was filled with his belongings) kept rolling down the street until it stopped just short of neighbor David Holmes' house around 11 a.m.

"There was some kind of accelerant involved, I'm sure," said Holmes, 73. "Those flames were…I don't know, they must have been 15 or 20 feet in the air, at least."

Several other neighbors who spoke to ABC News said they either hadn't been home at the time of the suicide or had only heard about it on the news.

"I'm almost glad I wasn't here, that's for sure," said 71-year-old Kathleen Cherry, who lives on Dorothy Drive, her backyard a few houses away from the intersection where the suicide occurred. "I would have been real upset."

The Willow Lakes housing development has a lot of military families (Yorktown is located near a naval base) and young couples with children, she said. There are also several older residents.

"I was just shocked. Why would people do such stuff?" said Merlyn Keefer, another neighbor. "We can't ask him what really went through his head."

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