According to allegations, a Democrat politician in Las Vegas fatally stabbed a reporter whose article cost him an election.
In Las Vegas, Nevada, a county politician was detained on suspicion of killing a journalist whose critical writing may have cost him reelection. He is now being charged with murder. Robert Telles, the public administrator for Clark County, was detained on Wednesday and accused of killing Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German.
About two-thirds of Nevada's three million residents reside in Clark County. Democratic county official Telles, 45, is in charge of managing the estates of deceased county citizens. After concerns about his behavior were disclosed by a Review-Journal investigative story published by German, he finished third in the party primary in June.
On Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Telles was observed entering the building while wearing a hazmat suit, police in tactical gear encircled him at his residence. About four hours later, he was placed into an ambulance and transported out of the building on a stretcher.
German, 69, was discovered deceased on Saturday close to his house. Sheriff Joe Lombardo of Clark County claimed that he had been killed the previous evening. According to reports, Telles was the subject of surveillance footage and evidence found at the site. Telles had previously shown a public enmity toward the journalist.
In May, German revealed that Telles had come under fire from current and former public administrator's office workers for allegedly fostering a "hostile work environment," engaging in bullying and favoritism and developing an inappropriate bond with estate coordinator Roberta Lee-Kennett. Coworkers had secretly recorded Telles and Lee-Kennett in the rear of her car in a parking garage, even though Telles vehemently rejected the allegations.
The information was obtained through a 19-page retaliation complaint against Telles submitted to the county Office of Diversity by estate coordinator Aleisha Goodwin. German had asked for the emails and texts exchanged between Telles and Lee-Kennett as well as those of two other individuals because he was working on a follow-up piece at the time of his passing.
The executive editor of the newspaper, Glenn Cook, remarked, "We are delighted Telles is in prison and furious that a colleague appears to have been assassinated for reporting on an elected person." If journalists are worried that presenting the facts could result in violent retaliation, they won't perform the vital work that our communities need from them.
Cook described German as a "wonderful man and a fearless reporter" who will be missed by his family and many friends. German had been a journalist for 40 years, with 12 of those years spent at the Review-Journal.
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