A Democrat was indicted for murder Thursday in the grisly slaying last month of a Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter and ousted from office.
Robert Telles, 45, allegedly ambushed and killed Jeff German “willfully, unlawfully, with malice aforethought” on Sept. 2 after German penned a series of investigative articles detailing the Democrat’s alleged misconduct and unethical behavior as Clark County Public Administrator in Nevada.
Telles, removed from office by court order earlier this month, is said to have lost his primary election in June to fellow Democrat Rita Reid partly as a result of the victim’s investigative reporting.
German had written about hostilities, inappropriate relations, and “turmoil” inside Telles’ county office.
Rita Reid told the Daily Beast that German “was willing to speak truth to power and it cost him his life.”
Telles responded to German on Twitter, writing via his now-deleted account: “Typical bully. Can’t take a pound of critism [sic] after slinging 100 pounds of BS. Up to article #4 now. You’d think he’d have better things to do.”
Prosecutors indicated that the video and DNA evidence they say implicates Telles in German’s murder is overwhelming, suggesting it was the former politician who couldn’t take criticism.
Telles, a gun-control advocate who had once written to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) saying, “There are folks on the other side that really want us at each other’s throats,” allegedly went to German’s home and stabbed him multiple times.
If convicted, Telles may face the death penalty. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson has yet to announce whether or not he will be seeking that sentence.
Denied bail once again on Tuesday, Telles remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.
A murder investigation began Sept. 3 after German’s body was found outside his home, six miles away from Telles’ residence. The Clark County coroner ruled German’s death a homicide resulting from “multiple sharp force injuries.”
The LVMP executed a search warrant on Sept. 7 at Telles’ home and towed two vehicles, one of which was the GMC observed near the crime scene.
After his arrest, Telles was stripped of his administrator position by court order. In that position he had handled the funds of people who died without a will, some of which he is alleged to have mishandled or misappropriated, hence the Nevada Supreme Court’s recent suspension of his law license.
It’s not just clients whose money Telles may have have mishandled.
According to the Review-Journal, taxpayers are on the hook for Telles’ legal fees despite the fact that he owns six properties in Nevada and Arkansas with at least $200,000 in equity, along with a Las Vegas home valued around $600,000.
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