Ex-politician Robert Telles indicted in Las Vegas reporter Jeff German’s stabbing death

Ex-politician Robert Telles indicted in Las Vegas reporter Jeff German’s stabbing death

A former Las Vegas-area politician has been indicted on a homicide cost — which carries the opportunity of the loss of life penalty — within the killing of a veteran investigative journalist who wrote articles crucial of him and his managerial conduct.

Robert “Rob” Telles, 45, was indicted Thursday and scheduled for arraignment subsequent Wednesday in Clark County District Court docket, in accordance with court docket data.

One in all Telles’ court-appointed legal professionals, Edward Kane, declined to remark in regards to the indictment, a transfer by prosecutors which means Telles won’t face a preliminary listening to of proof that had been scheduled subsequent week.

Telles, 45, a Democrat, misplaced his celebration main in June and has been stripped by court docket order of his place as Clark County Administrator, heading the workplace that handles belongings of people that die with out a will or household contacts.

The state Supreme Court docket has suspended Telles’ regulation license pending a State Bar of Nevada investigation of allegations that he misappropriated shopper funds.

Jeff German was reporting on Telles and the official’s workplace earlier than his loss of life.AP

He was arrested Sept. 7, a number of days after the Sept. 2 stabbing loss of life of Las Vegas Evaluation-Journal reporter Jeff German outdoors German’s dwelling. Telles is being held with out bail on the Clark County jail.

Clark County District Legal professional Steve Wolfson has stated he’ll decide in coming weeks whether or not Telles will face the loss of life penalty.

Prosecutors have characterised the proof in opposition to Telles as overwhelming, together with DNA believed to be from Telles discovered beneath German’s fingernails; video displaying a person believed to be Telles strolling close to German’s dwelling; and a automobile believed to be Telles’ within the space.

Robert Telles was stripped by court docket order of his place as Clark County Administrator, AP

German, 69, was extensively revered for his tenacity, and his colleagues stated he was engaged on follow-up reviews about Telles and the general public administrator’s workplace when he was killed.

A separate case is pending earlier than the state Supreme Court docket over issues about revealing German’s confidential sources and notes.

A decide has issued an order stopping police from accessing the data, which police, prosecutors and Telles’ protection attorneys say they need to overview for added proof — together with the likelihood that somebody different then Telles had a motive to kill German.

The Evaluation-Journal, with backing from dozens of media organizations, argues that the federal government shouldn’t be capable of entry German’s cellphone and digital units.

The newspaper cites Nevada’s so-called “information defend regulation,” which is among the many strictest within the nation, together with the federal Privateness Safety Act and First Modification safeguards.

The Evaluation-Journal on Friday reported that Telles was assigned two deputy Clark County public defenders at public expense regardless of reporting to the court docket final month that he and his spouse have been making $20,500 per thirty days earlier than his arrest and that he owns 5 rental homes in Sizzling Springs, Arkansas.

Property data present the couple additionally owns a Las Vegas dwelling with a taxable worth of greater than $320,000.

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