Las Vegas official arrested for murder of journalist, allegedly

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A city official Las Vegas, Nevada was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of a journalist days after the individual was found dead at his home.

According reports, Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was arrested and taken to the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday evening (September 7). His arrest was linked to the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal journalist Jeff German. German, whose investigative reporting on Telles cast him in an unfavorable light that led him to third place in a Democratic primary in June, was found stabbed to death outside his home in a northwest neighborhood of Las Vegas Saturday morning (September 3).

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo spoke at a press conference on Thursday (September 8th) about how the “terrible and shocking homicide” sent chills through many in the city government. “Every murder is tragic, but the murder of a journalist is particularly embarrassing,” he said, offering his condolences to German’s family and his colleagues at the Review-Journal. “We are relieved that Telles is in police custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for whistleblowing an elected official. Journalists cannot do the important work that our communities need if they fear that a presentation of the facts does not result in violent retaliation. We thank the Las Vegas police for their urgency and hard work and for immediately recognizing the terrible significance of Jeff’s murder,” said Review-Journal editor Glenn Cook.

Police also announced Thursday that Telles’ DNA was found at the scene of the assault, and apparently under German’s fingernails, suggesting he was trying to defend himself after he was stabbed seven times. Telles had publicly blamed German for his reporting, even going so far as to continuously harass him via Twitter in June, claiming German was a “bully” with a vendetta against him. At the time of his death, German was working on a follow-up story on Telles following his election defeat.

Clark County officials spoke to the press, saying they were discussing legal options regarding Telles’ employment status. “The safety of our county employees and the public is our top priority, and the county has suspended Mr. Telles’ access to county offices or property,” they said in a news release. After German’s initial reporting of Telles’ misconduct, a decision was made for staff in the public administrator’s office to cease reporting to Telles.

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