The Las Vegas Democrat who allegedly killed Jeff German, the reporter who unearthed dirt on him, tried to hide the evidence of the crime, according to a report.
Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German.
Authorities say Telles left a trail of evidence linking him to the killing, according to the Nevada Current. Police reportedly found a photo and a video showing Telles in an orange shirt with reflective tape and a straw hat walking toward German’s home on the day he was killed.
“[Telles] approached Mr. German’s home and went to the side of the house shortly after German came outside of the garage door and then went to the side of the house and ultimately an altercation took place between the suspect and the victim,” Homicide Captain Dori Koren told reporters, according to the Nevada Current. Police reportedly say they have video footage of the attack, which happened around 11:18 a.m.
Authorities served a search warrant Wednesday at Telles’ home in connection with the death. Authorities found Telles’ DNA at the crime scene, as well as a pair of bloodied sneakers at the alleged suspect’s home. (RELATED: Reporter Asks Whether Sheriff Condemns Trump After Democrat Allegedly Murdered Journalist)
German had been working on a potential follow-up piece about Telles the week he was killed, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The reporter had also recently filed public records requests for messages and emails between Telles and other county officials, the outlet noted.
Telles lost his reelection bid in June after German’s reporting, which detailed a hostile work environment under Telles, was published.
It’s official. County Public Administrator Robert Telles has lost his reelection bid. County commissioners certified the primary results on Friday … https://t.co/1g1yLjPBIr via @reviewjournal
— Jeff German (@JGermanRJ) June 25, 2022
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo called the case “terrible and jarring,” according to Nevada Current.
“This has been an unusual case from the beginning — the murder of an investigative journalist and the main suspect, an elected official here in Clark County. This is a terrible and jarring homicide — one that has deeply impacted Las Vegas,” Lombardo said, according to the outlet.