A former Las Vegas-area politician has been indicted on a homicide cost — which carries the opportunity of the dying penalty — within the killing of a veteran investigative journalist who wrote articles vital of him and his managerial conduct.
Robert “Rob” Telles, 45, was indicted Thursday and scheduled for arraignment subsequent Wednesday in Clark County District Courtroom, in accordance with court docket information.
Considered one of Telles’ court-appointed legal professionals, Edward Kane, declined to remark concerning the indictment, a transfer by prosecutors meaning Telles won’t face a preliminary listening to of proof that had been scheduled subsequent week.
Telles, 45, a Democrat, misplaced his occasion major in June and has been stripped by court docket order of his place as Clark County Administrator, heading the workplace that handles belongings of people that die with out a will or household contacts.
The state Supreme Courtroom has suspended Telles’ legislation license pending a State Bar of Nevada investigation of allegations that he misappropriated shopper funds.
He was arrested Sept. 7, a number of days after the Sept. 2 stabbing dying of Las Vegas Evaluation-Journal reporter Jeff German outdoors German’s residence. Telles is being held with out bail on the Clark County jail.
Clark County District Legal professional Steve Wolfson has mentioned he’ll decide in coming weeks whether or not Telles will face the dying penalty.
Prosecutors have characterised the proof towards Telles as overwhelming, together with DNA believed to be from Telles discovered beneath German’s fingernails; video displaying a person believed to be Telles strolling close to German’s residence; and a automobile believed to be Telles’ within the space.
German, 69, was extensively revered for his tenacity, and his colleagues mentioned he was engaged on follow-up studies about Telles and the general public administrator’s workplace when he was killed.
A separate case is pending earlier than the state Supreme Courtroom over issues about revealing German’s confidential sources and notes.
A choose has issued an order stopping police from accessing the information, which police, prosecutors and Telles’ protection attorneys say they need to overview for extra proof — together with the chance that somebody different then Telles had a motive to kill German.
The Evaluation-Journal, with backing from dozens of media organizations, argues that the federal government shouldn’t be in a position to entry German’s cellphone and digital units.
The newspaper cites Nevada’s so-called “news shield law,” which is among the many strictest within the nation, together with the federal Privateness Safety Act and First Modification safeguards.
The Evaluation-Journal on Friday reported that Telles was assigned two deputy Clark County public defenders at public expense regardless of reporting to the court docket final month that he and his spouse have been making $20,500 per 30 days earlier than his arrest and that he owns 5 rental homes in Scorching Springs, Arkansas.
Property information present the couple additionally owns a Las Vegas residence with a taxable worth of greater than $320,000.