The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police held a press conference on September 8, 2022 to provide additional details regarding the death of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German.
The LVMPD arrested Robert Telles, an elected officer from Clark County, on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, in connection with the murder. German was killed on September 2, 2022, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said in a press release when the news broke.
Here’s what you need to know:
During a September 8 press conference in Las VegasLVMPD informed the media that the attack on Germans was caught on video.
“We to have some distorted Video associated With the attack and we are in the process from clear up the Video how we speak”, LVMPD said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.
It was also revealed during the press conference that police had seized a pair of shoes and a straw hat, both of which appeared in photos released to the media. Both items were “cut up,” police said.
“We found a pair of shoes,” the LVMPD representative said. “As you can see there is obviously blood on the shoes and the shoes were cut open, probably to try to destroy evidence. Along with the shoes, we recovered a straw hat, also nicked in a manner likely to destroy evidence. And this straw hat, as you can see, matches the one in the photo.”
In addition, the LVMPD revealed that Telles’ DNA had been found at the crime scene.
“One of the most important aspects of this investigation was waiting for the DNA results and we received positive DNA results showing Robert Telles DNA at the crime scene. At that point, we immediately launched our arrest action,” the LVMPD representative said.
The murder weapon was not seized, the police said.
According to police, Telles was taken away in an ambulance when he was arrested.
“We are unable to provide details of our interaction with the suspect at this time,” police said. “But I can tell you that in the footage you saw him coming out on the stretcher. He had self-inflicted wounds and we were trying to get medical attention to help him, so I can’t describe the wounds at this point, but we know they weren’t life-threatening.”
According to the Review-Journal, German was found outside his home on Block 7200 of Bronze Circle around 10:30 a.m. the day after the murder. “He was apparently involved in an altercation with someone the previous day that resulted in him being stabbed,” the outlet reported.
During the press conference, the police gave a play-by-play report of what they believe happened the morning German was killed.
“This morning [Telles] approached Mr. German’s house and walked to the side of the house,” the representative said. “Shortly thereafter, German came out of the garage door and then walked to the side of the house. An altercation ensued between the suspect and the victim. We believe this happened around 11:18 am. And at that time our victim was stabbed multiple times.
Telles, a Democrat, lost the June primary and his term as Clark County’s public administrator ends December 31, according to the Review-Journal. Telles, who is also an attorney specializing in probate and probate law, has held the position with the Nevada District Office since 2018, according to his website. Telles was the subject of German coverage during his failed re-election campaign and he had angrily tweeted about German before the reporter’s death.
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