Police say DNA of murder suspect Rob Telles found at Jeff German murder scene

DNA from Las Vegas elected official Rob Telles was found at the scene of the fatal stabbing of investigative journalist Jeff German, police say.

Mr Telles, a Clark County public administrator, was arrested on Wednesday after the swat team descended on his Las Vegas home.

At a press conference on Thursday, Las Vegas Police confirmed they had charged Mr Telles with German’s murder.

His family released a statement to say they are “shocked, saddened and angry” about his death.

“We’re shocked, saddened and angry about his death,” the statement, released to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where German worked, said.

“Jeff was committed to seeking justice for others and would appreciate the hard work by local police and journalists in Pursuing his killer.”

Jeff German was known as a fearless investigative journalist

(Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Clark County official Rob Telles has been charged with German’s murder

(Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters it had been “an unusual case from the beginning”.

“This is a terrible and jarring homicide. One that has deeply impacted Las Vegas. Every murder is a tragic, but the killing of a journalist is particularly troublesome.”

The 69-year-old journalist was found dead outside his home in the city on 3 September, with investigators believing he was fatally stabbed in an altercation the day before.

German had spent the last few months reporting on Mr Telles, a Democrat who failed in his bid for re-election in June’s primary after the newspaper published a series of stories about him.

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