LAS VEGAS — A neighborhood elected official is because of face a choose on a homicide cost Tuesday within the stabbing dying of a Las Vegas investigative journalist who wrote articles important of him and his managerial conduct.
Robert Richard Telles, the Clark County public administrator, has remained jailed with out bail since his Sept. 7 arrest within the Sept. 2 slaying of veteran Las Vegas Overview-Journal workers author Jeff German.
A felony criticism accuses Telles of “mendacity in wait” for German, 69, who prosecutors say was stabbed seven occasions. German lived alone, and his physique was discovered the next day. The Clark County coroner dominated his dying was a murder.
Telles, 45, was arrested after police requested for assist through the Labor Day weekend to establish an individual seen carrying an orange work shirt and a wide-brim straw hat toting a shoulder bag and strolling towards German’s dwelling the morning of Sept. 2. Police additionally launched photos of a particular SUV seen close to German’s dwelling, pushed by an individual carrying an orange shirt.
A Overview-Journal photographer snapped images Sept. 6 of Telles washing the identical sort of car in his driveway.
Police mentioned Telles shut off his cellphone and waited in a automobile outdoors German’s dwelling till the assault. It was characterised as a deliberate response to articles that German wrote about “turmoil and inside dissension” within the county workplace that handles property of people that die with no will or household contacts.
Telles misplaced his major bid for reelection in June after articles in Could aired claims of administrative bullying, favoritism and Telles’ relationship with a subordinate staffer. County lawmakers appointed a marketing consultant to deal with complaints about management in his workplace.
German was extensively revered for his tenacity, and his colleagues mentioned he was engaged on follow-up reviews about Telles and the general public administrator’s workplace when he died.
“The printed articles … ruined (Telles’) political profession, possible his marriage, and this was him lashing out on the trigger,” Chief Deputy Clark County District Lawyer Richard Scow advised a choose on Sept. 8.
That choose, Las Vegas magistrate Elana Lee Graham, referred to as the police report detailing the assault “chilling” and mentioned it described German “combating for his life.” She spoke of obvious protection wounds on German’s arms and mentioned DNA believed to be from Telles was discovered below German’s fingernails.
Police mentioned a search warrant turned up gadgets at Telles’ dwelling together with blood-stained sneakers and a straw hat that had been lower into items. Authorities mentioned they didn’t instantly discover the weapon used to kill German.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, a Republican working for governor in November, mentioned investigators additionally obtained safety video that may present the assault.
The Nevada Press Affiliation has introduced that German will probably be inducted this Saturday into the Nevada Newspaper Corridor of Fame.
German joined the Overview-Journal in 2010 after greater than twenty years on the rival Las Vegas Solar, the place he was a columnist and reporter protecting courts, politics, labor, authorities and arranged crime.
Telles grew up in El Paso, Texas, and lived in Colorado earlier than transferring to Las Vegas. He labored as a heating and air-con technician and graduated in 2014 from legislation college on the College of Nevada, Las Vegas. He practiced probate and property legislation earlier than he was elected public administrator in 2018, changing a three-term predecessor.
The Overview-Journal reported that in El Paso, Telles’ late grandfather, Richard Telles, served as metropolis clerk, college board trustee and county commissioner. A grand-uncle, Raymond L. Telles Jr., was the town’s first Mexican-American mayor and was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as ambassador to Costa Rica and by President Lyndon B. Johnson as chairman of the U.S.-Mexican Border Fee.
Telles’ father, Raymond R. Telles, was elected to 2 phrases on the El Paso Metropolis Council however misplaced a bid for mayor. He later gave up his legislation license and prevented jail after pleading responsible in a federal conspiracy and wire fraud case.
Court docket and police data present that Robert Telles was arrested in Las Vegas in February 2020 after his spouse referred to as 911. He was accused of grabbing her in a “‘bear-hug’ place” and of resisting efforts by two cops to handcuff him. Throughout his arrest, Telles was recorded on police body-worn cameras acknowledging that he had been ingesting alcohol and repeatedly figuring out himself as a public official.
The case was dismissed and closed in March 2021 after Telles paid a $418 advantageous, attended counseling and stayed out of bother.
His time period in workplace expires Dec. 31, however Clark County officers mentioned he’s suspended and has been banned from county places of work or property pending a evaluate of his place as an elected official.