A trial for Robert Telles, a former Las Vegas-area elected official accused of killing investigative reporter Jeff German, has been rescheduled from November 6 to March 18 by Clark County District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt. Telles, previously the Democratic county administrator of estates, has represented himself but recently appointed defense attorney Gary Modafferi to advise on constitutional matters.
Telles, who pleaded not guilty to the September 2022 murder of German, had initially sought an early trial. However, after requesting a delay, the date was pushed back. Telles has voiced concerns over not receiving all evidence from the police investigation into the murder.
The investigation’s progress has been hindered due to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s efforts to protect potential confidential files on German’s devices, arguing they are shielded by the First Amendment and Nevada state law. To address this, the state Supreme Court approved Judge Leavitt’s decision to appoint an independent team to assess the records’ confidentiality before police access. The team’s appointment is pending.
Telles, an attorney elected as Clark County administrator in 2018, lost his position and had his law license suspended after his arrest. Conviction could lead to a life sentence, though the death penalty has been ruled out.
German, a veteran reporter, had been critical of Telles in his writings. He was found dead months after publishing articles that criticized Telles’ professional conduct. Prosecutors claim they have compelling evidence linking Telles to German’s death, including DNA traces and surveillance footage.