LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas Justice Court judge ruled Monday to release financial information and search warrants for Robert Telles, who is accused of stabbing Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German to death.
Telles, 45, who is being represented by a public defender, was removed from his elected position as Clark County’s public administrator last week. Until his removal, he was making a $120,000 salary.
German’s employer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, filed motions to get the financial information as well as the search warrants, arguing under the First Amendment, the public has a right to that information.
German, 69, an investigative reporter for the newspaper, was found stabbed to death outside his home Labor Day weekend. Telles is accused of killing German because he wrote stories about the “turmoil” in the public administrator’s office, including a possible inappropriate relationship between Telles and a woman in the office.
The financial affidavit will reveal the information Telles gave about his finances following his arrest for murder.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal is also seeking to keep German’s phone and computers from being searched by police. Last week, a judge approved a temporary restraining order filed by the newspaper to block the state and police from searching through German’s electronic devices.
“We are in uncharted territory,” Review-Journal Executive Editor Cook explained. “On multiple fronts here.” Cook told 8 News Now any information not related to the case of Robert Telles, who is accused of murdering Jeff, should be off limits under Nevada’s Reporter Shield Law.