Eric Cuellar and Justin Teixeira, both 24, were arrested on suspicion of beheading a 14-year-old Helmeted Guinea Fowl at the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas Friday.
"I’m extremely troubled by news accounts of the students’ actions off campus, but it’s up to the Nevada legal system to examine the facts and rule in this case. It’s premature to speculate about any possible consequences; the justice system must run its course," said Christopher Edley, Jr., dean of UC Berkeley School of Law in reaction to the arrests.
The two University of California, Berkeley School of Law students, were allegedly witnessed "throwing the dead bird, discussing the killing of the bird and laughing about it," according to a statement by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Surveillance cameras captured the men chasing the large bird into the trees, according to the police statement. Witnesses then observed the men "carrying the body and severed head of the bird."
The men face felony charges of conspiracy and willful malicious torture/killing of wildlife, according to the police statement.