On September 3, 2022, Jeff German, a reporter from Las Vegas Review-Journal who covered politics and corruption, was found dead outside his home in Las Vegas with multiple stab wounds, according to news reports and a report by his outlet.
The journalist had recently covered topics including failures in city inspections before a deadly hotel fire, alleged mismanagement by government officials, and local extremist groups, according to that report.
On September 7, police arrested Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles on suspicion of murder, according to news reports. In a September 8 statement reviewed by CPJ, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Telles had been charged with murder with a deadly weapon.
Telles lost a re-election bid in June 2022 after German reported on alleged mismanagement in his office, according to those reports. The Review-Journal reported that German had been working on a follow-up story to that reporting in the weeks before he was killed.
Prior to the attack, Telles had published comments about German’s reporting on his reelection campaign’s website and in a letter to the journalist, in which called the allegations against him "false" and said German was trying to drag him “through the mud.” On Twitter, Telles described German’s reporting in pejorative terms and called him a “typical bully.”
German had an altercation with an unidentified person the day before he was killed, news reports said.