Politician’s DNA Connected To Las Vegas Journalist’s Murder, Police Say

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Las Las vega authorities stated Thursday that they have actually linked the DNA of a region authorities to the current murder of investigatory reporter Jeff German, whose insurance coverage of supposed transgression inevitably added to the main shedding his key political election this summertime.

At a press conference, Clark Area Constable Joe Lombardo stated that Clark Area Public Manager Robert Telles was jailed at his Las Las vega residence as well as reserved Wednesday evening on a fee of murder with a fatal tool. The 45-year-old Democrat was obtained of his residence on a cot with what authorities stated were self-inflicted injuries that were not serious.

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Telles, 45, is charged of stabbing the Las Las vega Review-Journal press reporter to fatality. Cops stated that they discovered German’s body on Saturday early morning beyond the press reporter’s residence which he was most likely eliminated Friday early morning.

“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,” Lombardo stated. “This is a terrible and jarring homicide, one that has deeply impacted Las Vegas. Every murder is tragic, but the killing of a journalist is particularly troublesome.”

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo (left) and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Capt. Dori Koren take questions at a news conference on the arrest of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, whose booking photo is displayed on a monitor. Telles is accused of fatally stabbing Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German.Clark Area Constable Joe Lombardo (left) as well as Las Las Vega Metropolitan Cops Capt. Dori Koren take concerns at a press conference on the apprehension of Clark Area Public Manager Robert Telles, whose reservation image is shown on a screen. Telles is charged of fatally stabbing Las Las vega Review-Journal investigatory press reporter Jeff German.

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Dori Koren, captain of the Las Las vega Metropolitan Cops’s murder department, stated that a male was recorded on monitoring pictures strolling towards German’s residence on Friday and after that sideways of his residence. The male was using a straw hat, a brilliant orange long-sleeved t-shirt as well as grey tennis shoes, as well as was lugging a satchel. When German left his residence via the garage door as well as mosted likely to the side of your home, the burglar got involved in a run-in with him as well as the reporter was stabbed numerous times.

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Cops recognized an automobile seen driving around German’s community on the early morning of the murder, before the murder as well as at the time of the murder. Koren likewise stated that the male defined by authorities had actually taken off because car, a maroon GMC Yukon Denali SUV with chrome takes care of, a sunroof as well as a baggage shelf.

Telles ended up being an individual of passion as a result of his openly shared disgust towards the 69-year-old reporter as well as since an automobile matching the summary of the awesome’s vehicle was parked before his residence. Video clip proof revealed the vehicle leaving Telles’ residence the early morning of the murder as well as showing up back quickly after the approximated time of the fatality. Cops claim they found Telles was driving the vehicle that early morning.

When police browsed Telles’ residence, cars as well as body, they stated they discovered a set of footwear matching the awesome’s clothes, splashed with blood as well as cut “likely in a manner to destroy evidence.” Cops likewise stated they recouped a straw hat matching the summary, reduced in a comparable fashion.

“One of the most important aspects of this investigation was waiting on the DNA results, and we received positive DNA results that showed Robert Telles’ DNA at the crime scene,” Koren said.

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Lombardo said that police have not yet recovered a weapon but that the investigation is still active. Telles voluntarily was interviewed by police and chose not to retain a lawyer, according to the Las Vegas Police Department. He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.

“Jeff was a loving and loyal brother, uncle and friend who devoted his life to his work exposing wrongdoing in Las Vegas and beyond. We’re shocked, saddened and angry about his death,” German’s family said in a statement obtained Thursday by the Review-Journal.

“Jeff was committed to seeking justice for others and would appreciate the hard work by local police and journalists in pursuing his killer. We look forward to seeing justice done in this case,” the statement said. “We also want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, support and recognition for Jeff and his life’s work.”

German was a tenacious reporter who covered crime, courts, government corruption and mob figures for decades in Las Vegas. The journalist had launched a months-long investigation this year right into Telles’ office, which included allegations of abuses as well as an inappropriate relationship with an employee.

German’s investigation into the potential wrongdoing led to public outrage by Telles, who regularly tweeted his anger at the reporter. After a series of stories on Telles, the official lost his reelection bid in the June primary.

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According to police, Telles was likely also upset that German was conducting additional reporting on the official. The journalist recently filed public records requests for emails and texts between Telles and three other county officials ― one of whom was identified in previous stories as the employee Telles allegedly had a relationship with, according to the Review-Journal.

Robert Telles at a March 2014 event outside the office of U.S. Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) in protest of Congress not taking action on comprehensive immigration reform. Police have arrested Telles in connection with the murder of a Las Vegas reporter.Robert Telles at a March 2014 event outside the office of U.S. Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) in protest of Congress not taking action on comprehensive immigration reform. Police have arrested Telles in connection with the murder of a Las Vegas reporter.

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“The death of Jeff German was both shocking and tragic, and we join with our community in being stunned at how this situation has continued to evolve over the last few days,” county spokesperson Stacey Welling said in a statement. “Clark County continues to cooperate with the LVMPD on this active investigation. Our condolences are with Jeff German’s family, friends, and colleagues at the Review-Journal.”

The county said it is “reviewing its options under the law regarding” Telles’ position as the public administrator, which is an elected office. The county has actually suspended Telles’ access to county offices as well as property for “the safety of our county employees and the public” and stated that employees of the administrator’s office are working remotely while the office remains closed “until a determination is made about when it can open.”

“When county management was made aware of the personnel issues at the public administrator’s office a couple of months ago, the decision was made to no longer have staff in the public administrator’s office report to Mr. Telles and this solution will be in place until the public elects a new Public Administrator in November,” Welling stated.

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Lombardo stated Thursday that it was an “inappropriate venue to speculate or opine on” whether German’s death is part of a nationwide normalization of violence against journalists.

“I think it needs to be stated and noted that it is troublesome because it is a journalist, and we expect journalism to be open and transparent and the watchdog for government,” he stated. “And when people take it upon themselves to create harm associated with that profession, I think it’s very important we put all eyes on and address the case appropriately ― such as we did in this case.”

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