Las Vegas police discover official’s DNA at scene of journalist’s murder : NPR

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo speaks during a news conference on the arrest of Clark County Public Administrator Robert “Rob” Telles in Las Vegas.

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Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo speaks during a news conference on the arrest of Clark County Public Administrator Robert “Rob” Telles in Las Vegas.

John Locher/AP

Las Vegas police have arrested a county official on an open murder charge in the death of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative journalist Jeff German, who was found stabbed outside his home on Saturday.

Authorities announced the single count of murder Thursday against 45-year-old outgoing Clark County public administrator Robert Telles.

“This is a terrible and shocking homicide that has had a profound impact on Las Vegas,” Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. said at a press conference.

“Every murder is tragic, but the murder of a journalist is particularly disturbing,” he added.

The evidence against Telles piled up in the days after German’s death, 69.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Captain Dori Koren said investigators found Telles’ DNA at the crime scene and also recovered blood-stained shoes and a straw hat that matched those worn by the suspect in the surveillance video.

Authorities also towed a red GMC Denali from Telles’ home, the same type of vehicle the suspect was driving, police said.

Police arrested Telles on Wednesday, carrying him out of his home on a medical stretcher. Koren said Telles had self-inflicted injuries that were not life threatening.

Although authorities did not assign a motive for the murder, German had recently written a series of articles about mismanagement and disorder in the office of the public administrator headed by Telles. Upset by the articles, Telles had lambasted the German on social media.

“Telles was also upset, from what we found out later, that there were additional reports pending,” Koren said.

Telles, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid in a primary in June.

German family, in a report shared by the Las Vegas Review-Journalsaid they were shocked, saddened and angered by his killing.

“Jeff was a loving and loyal brother, uncle and friend who dedicated his life to his work exposing wrongdoing in Las Vegas and beyond,” the statement read.

“Jeff is committed to seeking justice for others and would appreciate the hard work of local police and journalists in prosecuting his killer.”

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