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September 3, 2014

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Third person charged in case of bird death at Flamingo

A third person has been charged in the death of an exotic bird at Flamingo’s wildlife habitat.

Hazhir Kargaran faces three misdemeanors in conjunction with the death of Turk, a 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl, on Oct. 12. Kargaran is accused of joining Eric Cuellar, 24, Justin Teixeira, 24, in trespassing onto the casino’s wildlife habitat and then killing Turk.

Both Cuellar and Teixeira are students at University of California-Berkeley Law School. A person by the name Hazhir Kargaran is also listed as a student at the law school. Cuellar pleaded guilty in January to killing the bird, while Teixeira pleaded not guilty.

Kargaran was identified through follow-up investigation on the surveillance video, which showed a third person with Teixeira and Cuellar, Clark County District Attorney’s Office officials said.

Kargaran is charged with instigating, engaging in, or furthering an act of cruelty to an animal, malicious destruction of property and trespassing.

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