A Nevada elected official was charged with the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative journalist Jeff German during an appearance in court on Sept. 13.
The complaint alleges that Telles “did willfully, unlawfully, with malice aforethought, kill Jeffrey German, who was 60 years of age or older, with use of a deadly weapon.”
It further alleges that Telles stabbed German “multiple times about the body” and that police believe Telles was “lying in wait” for the journalist, adding that the murder was “wilful, deliberate and premeditated.”
He is being held without bond and faces a life sentence behind bars. His lawyer on Tuesday asked for additional time to prepare for his client’s arraignment, and a local judge rescheduled the hearing for Sept. 20.
Altercation Took PlacePolice said that video footage from the prior morning showed an individual wearing a long-sleeved orange T-shirt with reflective stripes and a straw hat that covered their face in what was likely done “in an attempt to disguise or conceal his identity.” The individual was carrying a duffle bag.
The individual was seen approaching German’s house and police said that German came out of his home and that “ultimately, an altercation occurred between the suspect and the victim.”
The altercation took place at around 11.16 a.m. and German was stabbed “multiple times”, police said.
Further video surveillance footage showed a maroon GMC Yukon Denali driving around suspiciously in German’s neighborhood on the morning of the murder and prior to the murder.
The suspect in the orange shirt had fled in the vehicle after the time of the murder, police said. The vehicle matched the description of a car that was registered to Telles’ wife.
Law enforcement officials said they had identified Telles as a potential suspect early on because he had been the subject of multiple articles that German, 69, had written about him.
‘Potential Wrongdoings’Articles written by German exposed his “potential wrongdoings” police said. They contributed to Teller’s reelection loss in June, according to the publication.
“Telles was upset about articles that were being written by German as an investigative journalist that exposed potential wrongdoing, and Telles has publicly expressed his issues with that reporting,” Koren said during Thursday’s press conference.
Telles, who lost reelection in June, had spoken publically about his dislike of German on Twitter. He had also denied the reports, the Review-Journal said.
“Journalists can’t do the important work our communities require if they are afraid a presentation of facts could lead to violent retribution. We thank Las Vegas police for their urgency and hard work and for immediately recognizing the terrible significance of Jeff’s killing. Now, hopefully, the Review-Journal, the German family, and Jeff’s many friends can begin the process of mourning and honoring a great man and a brave reporter.”
Telles’ defense attorney did not respond to a request for comment.