Local official arrested after Las Vegas crime reporter found dead

Robert Telles arrested on suspicion of murder in fatal stabbing of Jeff German

Robert Telles was arrested on suspicion of murder in the fatal stabbing of Jeff German (center) (Images: AP/LVMPD/Twitter)

A Las Vegas-area politician was arrested Wednesday in the stabbing death of investigative reporter Jeff German, whose newspaper says the suspect was the subject of his report.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the fatal stabbing of German, whose work at the Las Vegas Review-Journal preceded Telles’ election loss in June.

German had been working on a potential new story about Telles in the weeks before he was killed, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Telles was taken into custody at his home by SWAT officers after investigators served a search warrant to investigate German’s death, Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the newspaper. He was initially taken to hospital with a self-inflicted wound.

He faces a charge of open murder with a deadly weapon and was due back in court on Thursday.

The slain reporter, a 12-year veteran of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, had spent months reporting on Telles’ mismanagement of the public administrator’s office.

Telles, a 45-year-old Democrat, lost his re-election bid after German released reports detailing allegations of a hostile work environment, favoritism and Telles’ relationship with a subordinate in his office.

The paper’s executive editor Glenn Cook said Tells’ arrest was a “huge relief”.

“We are relieved Tells is in custody and outraged that a colleague of his appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official,” Cook said. “Journalists cannot[νακάνουντησημαντικήεργασίαπουαπαιτούνοικοινότητεςεάνφοβούνταιότιηπαρουσίασηγεγονότωνθαμπορούσεναοδηγήσεισεβίαιητιμωρία»[‘tdotheimportantworkoutcommunitiesrequireiftheyareafraidapresentationoffactscouldleadtoviolentretribution’

Η δημοσιογραφική καριέρα του Γερμανού διήρκεσε πάνω από 40 χρόνια στο Λας Βέγκας, όπου εξέθεσε κυρίως τη διαφθορά και το έγκλημα που διαιωνίζονται από πολιτικούς και άλλους σε θέσεις εξουσίας. Το έργο του ήταν τόσο ισχυρό που συχνά οδηγούσε σε αλλαγή πολιτικής, σύμφωνα με το Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Βρέθηκε νεκρός το πρωί του Σαββάτου έξω από το σπίτι του στο Λας Βέγκας, όπου η αστυνομία είπε ότι πιστεύει ότι μαχαιρώθηκε θανάσιμα κατά τη διάρκεια ενός καυγά την προηγούμενη ημέρα. Ήταν 69.

Την Τετάρτη τελέστηκε ιδιωτική κηδεία για τους Γερμανούς.

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