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Las Vegas Police Search Home of High-Ranking County Official After Journalist Who Reported on Him Was Stabbed to Death


Robert Telles is the elected public administrator for Clark County, Nevada, which includes Las Vegas. (screenshot from KLAS-TV in Las Vegas)

Las Vegas police investigating the alleged murder of a prominent investigative journalist raided the home today of a top-ranked public official who’d been the subject of several articles before losing a primary election in June.

Police confirmed they were serving search warrants Wednesday morning, including in the area where Jeff German, a veteran reporter with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was found dead of stab wounds Saturday.

Police released surveillance video and still images on Tuesday showing a person wearing a large straw hat and bright orange reflector jacket while carrying a large bag, as well as vehicle they believe is linked to the suspect, a 2007 to 2014 red or maroon GMC Yukon Denali with a sunroof and chrome handles.

This person is a possible suspect in the alleged murder of investigative journalist Jeff German, according to Las Vegas police. (screenshot from Vegas police video)

Police said that the suspect appeared to have been “potentially casing the area to commit other crimes before the homicide occurred,” but Wednesday’s searches included the home of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, who German had reported on extensively for the Review-Journal.

Telles, an attorney licensed to practice in Nevada, mentioned German in a tweet on June 22, saying he was “Looking forward to lying smear piece #4” by German and adding, “I think he’s mad that I haven’t crawled into a hole and died.”

The tweet was sent the day Telles, a Democrat, conceded his loss in the primary election. German’s reporting on the problems in Telles’ office continued after the primary, with the Review-Journal reporting he’d “recently filed public records requests for emails and text messages between Telles and three other county officials,” one of whom had been identified as having an inappropriate relationship with Telles.

Telles had tweeted about German several times previously, including a June 17 tweet asking if the Review-Journal knows he “may be doing double duty on their dime?” and asking, “Do they know he basically made a veiled threat to make me take down my site with the truth after I already lost the election?”

Telles included a screenshot of a text exchange with German in which German told him he was putting together “another story on your office” regarding a letter Telles posted on his campaign website about hostile work allegations.

“Employees view that as a threat of retaliation and have reported it to Human Resources. I would like to get your comments on that, as well as your take on the election results so far. I would need something from you this afternoon,” German wrote.

Telles is set to leave office in January.

(Image: screenshot from KLAS-TV in Las Vegas)

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A graduate of the University of Oregon, Meghann worked at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, and the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho, before moving to California in 2013 to work at the Orange County Register. She spent four years as a litigation reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and one year as a California-based editor and reporter for and associated publications such as The National Law Journal and New York Law Journal before joining Law & Crime News. Meghann has written for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Bloomberg Law, ABA Journal, The Forward, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Laguna Beach Independent. Her Twitter coverage of federal court hearings in a lawsuit over homelessness in Los Angeles placed 1st in the Los Angeles Press Club's Southern California Journalism Awards for Best Use of Social Media by an Independent Journalist in 2021. An article she freelanced for Los Angeles Times Community News about a debate among federal judges regarding the safety of jury trials during COVID also placed 1st in the Orange County Press Club Awards for Best Pandemic News Story in 2021.