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A Las Vegas elected official accused of fatally stabbing a veteran newspaper reporter who was investigating him is a “flight risk and a danger to the community,” the district attorney told reporters Tuesday.
Robert Telles, 45, briefly appeared in court, but his lawyer, Travis Shetler, asked that the hearing be pushed back by a week.
“We consider him to be a flight risk and a danger to the community, so when the bail issue arises, we’re going to argue for a very high bail,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told reporters on Tuesday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
A booking photo of Robert Telles, left, and veteran Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German. Telles, a Democratic elected official, is charged with fatally stabbing German over stories that had ruined his career and marriage, according to prosecutors. (LVMPD/ Elizabeth Brumley via AP)
Telles, a Democrat, is charged with the murder of reporter Jeff German, 69, who was found dead in his home Sept. 3.
The Las Vegas-Review journalist had written a series of unflattering stories about Telles creating a hostile work environment and having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. Telles, the Clark County public administrator, handled the property of people who die without wills.
After the critical reports were published, Telles lost his bid for re-election in June — but his term doesn’t end until next year.
Clark County public administrator Robert Telles, right, talks to Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German in his Las Vegas office on May 11, 2022. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
Chief Deputy District Attorney Richard Scow said in court Thursday that German’s reporting “ruined [Telles’] political career, likely his marriage.” Telles was ordered held without bail.
German had been working on a follow-up story on Telles when he was murdered.
Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Email tips to [email protected] and @ReRosenberg.