Police Search Home of Clark Co Official in Connection with LVRJ Journalist Murder

An official working for Clark County in Nevada, Robert Telles, is under scrutiny during the course of investigation into the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter, Jeff German.

German, 69, was found dead outside his home in Las Vegas early on September 3. The Metropolitan Police Department said that they believe he was stabbed to death in an altercation the previous day. Two pieces of surveillance were released to the public after German’s body was found, revealing a suspect wearing a wide straw hat, gloves and a bright orange long-sleeved t-shirt. The other video shows a vehicle they believe was tied to the crime, a 2007 to 2014 red or maroon GMC Yukon Denali, with chrome handles and a sunroof – an easily recognizable vehicle.

Reporters for the LVRJ later spotted a vehicle matching the suspect’s car, in – you guessed it – Telles’ driveway.

The tension between Telles and German goes back a long way. German spent months reporting on Telles’ oversight of his job as Clark County Public Administrator. According to German’s reports, Telles fostered a hostile work environment and carried on an inappropriate relationship that interfered with the office’s ability to discharge its duty to the public.

German’s dogged reporting revealed Telles’ inconsistencies, and the latter lost his re-election bid after German published his findings on Telles.

Now, it would seem police are closing in on someone who may be responsible for German’s death. After all, while many people might have beef with German over the years for his insightful and determined reporting, no one’s beef is as fresh as Telles’.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported today that, “German also had recently filed public records requests for emails and text messages between Telles and three other county officials: Assistant Public Administrator Rita Reid, estate coordinator Roberta Lee-Kennett and consultant Michael Murphy. Lee-Kennett was identified in previous stories as a subordinate staffer allegedly involved in an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with Telles.”

This likely upped the ante for Telles and put pressure on an already simmering situation. Telles has publicly lashed out at German in the past, but if he is responsible for German’s death, it’s a stunning turn no one could have predicted.

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