LAS VEGAS — The DNA of a now-arrested Nevada elected official was found at the location of a Las Vegas reporter’s murder, officials said Thursday, adding that officials were also “troubled” about the stories the reporter was following .
Clark County’s public administrator, Robert Telles, 45, lost his re-election bid in June, amid the fallout of a series of critical articles by Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German published earlier this year. tells who Facing one count of murder with a deadly weapon, he appeared in his first court on Thursday and was denied bail.
“It is cool enough,” said Justice of the Peace Elana Graham, “that the defendant’s DNA has allegedly been recovered from the victim’s hands, possibly during the time he was fighting for his life.”
Five days after German, 69, was fatally stabbed outside their home, police unveil new details that led to the closure of Tails as their prime suspect. Thursday news conference.
“Tales was disturbed by articles being written by German as an investigative journalist that exposed potential wrongdoing,” said Las Vegas Police Capt. Dory Coren, at the time of the attack, after Telles had recently discovered that “Additional reporting was pending.”
officials took He was taken into custody on Wednesday evening after a standoff that lasted for hours at his home. He was hospitalized by Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo for what he described as self-inflicted wounds. The arrest came just hours after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department searched his property and vehicles.
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Police said the German was stabbed “in the early morning hours” outside his northwest Las Vegas home on Saturday, but officers didn’t know about his death until the next day when a 911 caller called. reported the German’s body to be found on the side of his house.
Authorities initially suspected that the murder may have been committed “to commit other crimes” by a man living in the German neighborhood. A security camera photo shows the killer wearing a duffel bag and orange shirt with reflective stripes, gloves and a wide-brimmed straw hat.
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Koren said Thursday that investigators believe Telles wore such clothing to hide his identity and ties to the Germans.
During a search of Telles’ property on Wednesday, detectives collected a DNA sample from the suspect, which police found back as a positive match for the DNA found at the site of German’s murder. After receiving DNA test results later that afternoon, police obtained an arrest warrant, leading to a standoff.
Koren said police also recovered a pair of shoes stained with dried blood and a straw hat during their search, but the weapon used in the attack had not been found as of Thursday.
Arrest Report Details Fatal Attack
A newly released arrest report obtained by the USA Today Network reports that the German was stabbed multiple times in a surprise attack. Officials believe the Germans fought back, the spies wrote in the three-page report, because they had “defensive” wounds. The suspect’s DNA was found under German’s fingernails.
On the morning of the attack, the report said, Telles was in the neighborhood of the Germans about half an hour before the death. The report said that after the attack, the suspect stood up and “peacefully left” from the German’s home.
The report said the suspect returned to the German home a few minutes later, “something to see”.
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A journalist who dedicated ‘his life’ to journalism
German joined the Review-Journal in 2010 after more than two decades at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a columnist and reporter covering the courts, politics, labor, government and organized crime. He was 69 years old.
In a statement, German’s family called him “a loving and loyal brother, uncle and friend who devoted his life to exposing wrongdoing in Las Vegas and beyond.”
“We are shocked, saddened and angry at his passing,” the statement said. “Jeff was committed to seeking justice for others and will appreciate the hard work by local police and journalists in pursuing his killer. We want to see justice done in this case.”
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Review-Journal executive editor Glenn Cook said in a statement that “the arrest of Robert Telles is at once a huge relief and an outrage to the Review-Journal newsroom.”
“We are relieved that Robert Telles is in custody and outraged that an aide has been murdered for reporting on an elected official,” the statement said. “Journalists cannot do the important work needed by our communities if they fear that the presentation of the facts could lead to violent retaliation. We commend the Las Vegas Police for their urgency and hard work and the horrific importance of Jeff’s murder immediately. Thank you for recognizing.”
“Hopefully, the Review-Journal, the German family and many of Jeff’s friends can begin the process of mourning and honoring a great man and a brave reporter,” it said.
Suspect complains about news articles
Telles, an attorney practicing probate and estate law, won his elected office in 2018 replacing a three-term public administrator. He lost his June Party primary to Assistant Public Administrator Rita Reid, who faced a Republican challenger in November. TELES’s term ends on December 31.
In the weeks before the election, German outlined reports about the office being “stuck in unrest and internal strife” between longtime employees and new employees led by Telles.
Telles blamed “old times” for exaggerating the extent of his relationship with a female employee and falsely claiming he treated her unfairly. He said all of his employees were “happy” and that they would “nearly double the productivity in the office.”
Tels later posted Twitter complaints about German, with the Review-Journal claiming in June that German was a bully who was “obsessed” with him.
German, a reporter with a reputation for perseverance, was working on follow-up reports, the newspaper said Wednesday, and most recently for emails and text messages between Telles and three other county officials, including Reed and consultant Michael Murphy. Public records request filed.
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Rio Lacanale is the Las Vegas correspondent for the Reno Gazette Journal and the USA Today Network. Contact him at email@example.com