Nevada Elected Official Arrested in Connection to Murder of Local Journalist

German’s body was found outside his home Saturday morning; police said he was killed Friday, September 2, in what they believe was an isolated incident. The Clark County coroner ruled that German’s homicide was a result of “multiple sharp force injuries.”

Jeff German, a Nevada-based reporter for the Las Vegas-Review Journal, died last week after being stabbed multiple times — and authorities say the main suspect is a local politician whom German had been investigating.

German’s body was found outside his home Saturday morning; police said he was killed Friday, September 2, in what they believe was an isolated incident. The Clark County coroner ruled that German’s homicide was a result of “multiple sharp force injuries.”

However, the case now has taken a bizarre turn. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo confirmed today that the county’s Public Administrator Robert Telles, an elected Democratic official, had been taken into custody on Monday as a suspect in German’s killing. “This is a terrible, jarring homicide, one that has deeply impacted Las Vegas,” Lombardo told reporters at today’s press event. “Every murder is tragic, but the killing of a journalist is particularly troublesome.”

The link between German and Telles stems back to German’s work as an investigative reporter at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. While there, German’s reporting revealed that Telles allegedly conducted a hostile work environment at the Clark County Public Administrator’s office, and had a relationship with a subordinate woman staffer. Telles is married with kids.

German’s work investigating Telles was widely believed to be a reason behind Telles losing a re-election bid this summer, when he came in third place in the Democratic primary back in June. Telles had repeatedly posted angry messages about German’s reporting online, calling it “BS” and a “lying smear.”

Per Lombardo, Telles was booked on a charge of open murder.

Police say they zeroed in on Telles as a prime suspect after surveillance video from outside of Telles’ home showed him standing next to an SUV that matched the description of a red GMC Yukon that was spotted near the scene of German’s stabbing.