LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The man accused of killing Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German never made it past the courtroom doors for his scheduled arraignment Tuesday morning. The entire proceeding lasted barely 30 seconds.
He stood at the doors, with a smile on his face, as his attorney Travis Shetler asked for a continuance. The judge agreed to set the arraignment hearing for Tuesday, Sept. 20. Telles will remain in custody without bail.
Telles was to be formally charged with open murder with the use of a deadly weapon. The crime also had an added enhancement because the victim, German, was 69 years old.
Telles, 45, who happens to be the elected Clark County Public Administrator is currently being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center. The criminal complaint states the killing was “willful, deliberate and premeditated.” It also alleges Telles was “lying in wait” for German.
District Attorney Steve Wolfson spoke after the courtroom appearance and said prosecutors plan to ask for a significant bail. He added he is confident about the evidence in the case.
Las Vegas Metro police said Telles was taken into custody Wednesday after DNA found under German’s fingernails matched a sample from Telles. Police said German suffered several stab wounds and was found dead outside of his home.
German, an investigative reporter, had done stories on the turmoil in Telles’ county office which Telles believed caused him to lose the primary election in June.
The arraignment is now scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20.