Democrats have taken to accusing Republicans of engaging in violence in order to get their way as well as of targeting journalists who publish stories that are critical of them, but in at least one instance in Las Vegas, Nevada, such claims are pure projection.
A local Democratic county official, Robert Telles, was arrested Wednesday for the murder of a local journalist, Jeff German, Fox News reported.
German had in recent months written several investigative articles that exposed alleged wrongdoing by Telles — critical articles that Telles blamed for his recent loss in a primary election to retain his position as the Clark County Public Administrator.
Arrested following search of home
According to Las Vegas Police, Telles was arrested for the Sept. 3 stabbing death of German just one day after surveillance footage had been released of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle, which matched Telles’ own vehicle, was released to the public on Tuesday.
A search warrant was executed on Telles’ home Wednesday morning and two vehicles, including the one that matched the surveillance footage, were towed away from the home. Later Wednesday evening, Telles himself was brought out of the house on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance after being placed under arrest.
BREAKING: Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles is taken out of his house on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance. Telles has been arrested in the slaying of @reviewjournal investigative reporter Jeff German. Story: https://t.co/vAhxjgdlzU pic.twitter.com/heEsWlBvJr
— Brett Clarkson (@BrettClarkson_) September 8, 2022
Likely seeking revenge for critical news stories
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, of which German was a respected journalist, noted that the politician had taken great exception to the series of articles from the reporter that revealed allegations of wrongdoing and had repeatedly lashed out on social media and in public statements against the reporter.
Those allegations included managing a “hostile work environment” in which bullying and favoritism occurred, as well as an alleged inappropriate relationship with one of Telle’s subordinates.
Furthermore, German had recently filed requests for public records, including emails and text messages, from Telles’ office as part of his series to further expose in detail the alleged wrongdoings.
Telles had cited German’s reporting as a major factor in his recent primary election loss, and though police have yet to share a motive for the slaying with the public, it isn’t a stretch to suspect that the killing was most likely an emotion-driven effort at revenge for his political misfortunes.
“Relief” and “outrage” in the grief-stricken newsroom
“The arrest of Robert Telles is at once an enormous relief and an outrage for the Review-Journal newsroom,” the media outlet’s Executive Editor Glenn Cook said in a statement. “We are relieved Telles is in custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official.”
“Journalists can’t do the important work our communities require if they are afraid a presentation of facts could lead to violent retribution,” he added. “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.