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New details released about alleged motive in RJ reporter’s killing

Hours before Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German was killed, then-Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was told that the county was preparing to release copies of his emails to the news organization.

Homicide detectives investigating German’s death questioned Roberta Lee-Kennett on Sept. 7, the day Telles was arrested for murder, according to copies of search warrants released by the district court to the Review-Journal on Thursday.

German had previously reported on Telles’ behavior and claims that he had an “inappropriate relationship” with Lee-Kennett. The reporter was working on a possible follow-up story about Telles before he was killed on September 2nd.

Lee-Kennett told police that the day before German’s death, she and Telles received an email from Clark County attorneys informing them that the county plans to “use email and Microsoft Team messages between her and Telles” on September 6th. according to affidavits prepared in support of the search warrants.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on September 2, Lee-Kennett emailed Telles about the district attorney’s message. Telles replied that he would “check the email,” the affidavits said.

At 9:12 a.m., a maroon GMC Yukon Denali registered to Telles’ wife left their home, according to the document. Surveillance footage first showed a similar vehicle near German’s home at around 10:54 a.m

Prosecutors said a man went into German’s side yard at 11:18 a.m. and waited about five minutes before German came out. The reporter was then immediately attacked.

Footage released earlier showed the suspect exiting German’s home and arriving back in a GMC Denali as he walked back to where German’s body was found before driving away from the scene.

German was found dead with multiple stab wounds outside his home the following day. Telles was arrested after officials said a DNA test showed his DNA was found under German’s fingernails.

Telles has pleaded not guilty to one charge of murder with a deadly weapon against a victim aged 60 or older.

Officials have pointed to the German reporting as a motive in the case. According to the search warrant affidavits, Lee-Kennett told detectives Telles was “very upset and angry with German at the publication of the article and the timing of its publication so close to his re-election campaign.”

“Telles was also concerned about the publication of future articles in German,” Lee-Kennett told detectives, according to the affidavits. “Lee-Kennett was aware that the articles had caused Telle’s professional problems with his legal career as an attorney.”

This is an evolving story. Check for updates again.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at [email protected] or 702-383-0240. consequences @k_newberg on twitter.

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