Democrat Official Arrested After Fatal Stabbing of Investigative Journalist

A Clark County, Nevada, Democrat official was arrested on Wednesday evening on suspicion of murdering Las Vegas Journal-Review investigative reporter Jeff German after a series of reports exposing corruption.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was booked in Clark County Detention Center for suspicion of murder after German, 69 years old, was found dead outside his home with multiple stab wounds last Saturday.

Telles is facing murder charges and is due in court on Thursday.

Metro Officers depart the home of Robert Telles on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. Authorities served search warrants at Telles home on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in connection with the fatal stabbing of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Authorities alleged Telles, whom German had recently run investigative reports exposing corruption, had self-inflicted stab wounds when authorities arrested him following a “standoff with SWAT at his home,” according to ABC News.

The Review-Journal reports:

The stunning development came a day after Las Vegas police asked for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in the case. An early morning search of Telles’ home on Wednesday provided the first indication that the Friday killing might be related to German’s work exposing public wrongdoing. The investigative reporter was pursuing a potential follow-up story about Telles in the weeks before he was killed. [Emphasis added]

German spent months reporting on the turmoil surrounding Telles’ oversight of the public administrator’s office. [Emphasis added]

The 45-year-old Democrat lost his re-election bid in the primary after German’s findings were published. German also had recently filed public records requests for emails and text messages between Telles and three other county officials: Assistant Public Administrator Rita Reid, estate coordinator Roberta Lee-Kennett and consultant Michael Murphy. Lee-Kennett was identified in previous stories as a subordinate staffer allegedly involved in an “inappropriate relationship” with Telles. [Emphasis added]

Robert Telles returned home Wednesday afternoon in a white bodysuit. Sources say police took his clothes while questioning him and that investigators found bloody items inside his house.

Posted by David Charns on Wednesday, September 7, 2022

German, a veteran journalist of 40 years, was repeatedly attacked by Telles following the investigative reports, according to the Guardian:

Telles, 45, a career attorney who ran for office as a Democrat, had denied the accusations and repeatedly lashed out at the reporter investigating his conduct, calling German a “bully” on Twitter and writing that a request for comment was “a veiled threat”. On his campaign website, Telles had added a section he labeled “the truth,” where he denied accusations staff members had made against him and criticized German and the Review-Journal. [Emphasis added]

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