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Las Vegas Probate Official Arrested In Killing of Reporter

Las Vegas police arrested a public official Wednesday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a reporter who investigated his alleged abuse of office, reports the Wall Street Journal. Robert Telles, the Clark County public administrator, had been angry about stories that Jeff German, a Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter, wrote about him, according to posts on Telles social-media accounts. German's stories chronicled turmoil in the public administrator’s office, including allegations of bullying. Telles denied the allegations. “The arrest of Robert Telles is at once an enormous relief and an outrage for the Review-Journal newsroom,” said executive editor Glenn Cook. “We are relieved Robert Telles is in custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official.” Police served search warrants in connection to the case at Telles' home earlier Wednesday. After publication of German's stories, Telles lost the Democratic primary in June to be nominated for re-election. The public administrator’s office oversees the estates of people who have died. Telles was an attorney at a Las Vegas law firm specializing in probate matters and estate planning before becoming public administrator. A series of tweets on an account attributed to Telles attacked German personally, accusing him of lying and publishing smear pieces and calling the reporter a bully.

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