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Inside Account: Murdered Las Vegas Reporter’s Aides Chase Clues Because They Were Sad

when investigative journalists Jeff German was murdered in Las Vegas, was an extraordinary turning point. Police made the shocking arrest of a current government official who was accused of wrongdoing in reports written by the Germans.

Employees of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where German worked, covered the larger story by grieving the loss of a colleague.

“The sheriff tells me, ‘Jeff is dead.’ And it’s just a punch in the face,” said executive editor Glenn Cook. “As distraught as I am, I am not even remotely considering the possibility that he was murdered.”

But Rhonda Prest, the head of the newspaper’s investigative unit, panicked after the announcement of the briefing by homicide detectives in the German neighborhood.

German’s body found lying outside his house seven stab wounds, Four in the neck.

Cook told CBS News there was a list of people he thought might be related to the German murder.

“It’s a line of people from here to Los Angeles,” Cook said. “He covered up a lot of bad guys who did a lot of bad things.”

For more than forty years, the Germans drove out gangsters and grifters, exposed public corruption, and uncovered the shadows behind Sin City’s neon.

Prest said he had a sense of who might have been behind the German murder – Clark County public administrator Robert Telles.

The position is a lower-level ballot office that administers wills and estates, but German reported that Telles bullied his employees and had an inappropriate relationship with one of them. Last May, Telles told the Las Vegas Review that they didn’t have an inappropriate relationship or abuse workers. Tels subsequently lost his primary bid for re-election.

Police released a video of the suspect wearing a wide-brimmed sun hat, orange cloak and gloves as he walked around the German neighborhood on the morning of his death.

Cook said that the way people in the newsroom compared the way people walking to the video of the suspect was walking down a hallway in the paper—and they noticed a striking similarity.

“It’s an ‘oh my god’ moment for people in the newsroom,” Cook said.

The investigation intensified when police sought the public’s help in locating the suspect’s car, Maroon GMC Yukon. A tipster shared a social media post with Review-Journal staff suggesting that Yukon may be related to Tales.

The reporter turned to an unlikely tool: Google Maps where they find the home address of Tales. Parked in the driveway? A maroon GMC Yukon.

To their shock, the Journalists and photographers of the Review-Journal scoured the neighborhood of Telles.

“The whole situation had its own sense of absurdity,” multimedia journalist James Schaefer said of colleagues investigating the death of one of his own.

Police searched Tails’ home and said they found a mutilated sun hat and sneakers with blood stains. They also say that the DNA matches the tails from the crime scene.

“It’s one hell of a story,” Cook said. “An elected elected official is someone interested in the murder of an investigative reporter in the United States. It’s unbelievable.”

Five days after the German assassination, Telles was arrested. The front page of the Las Vegas Review-Journal had the headline, “A Surprise Arrest in the Murder of a Journalist”.

“There’s going to be a hole in our newsroom,” said crime reporter Sabrina Schnoor. “I don’t think our city will ever understand how much he did. But our newsroom will.”

Tails has been done charged with murder, He has not yet filed a petition in the court.

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