Later Thursday, Telles was denied bail during a court appearance where prosecutor Richard Scow revealed that German had been stabbed seven times and allegedly had Telles’ DNA under his fingernails.

“DNA was allegedly recovered from the victim’s hand, presumably during the time he was fighting for his life,” Graham said, adding that a report showed German had multiple defensive wounds to his hands and arms.

CNN contacted police for a copy of the report.

Telles was represented by a public defender who said he reserved his response to the prosecution’s allegations until the defendant’s next court appearance.

Telles did not speak at the hearing and was not asked to enter a plea. He was wearing a dark blue jumpsuit and appeared in the courtroom from behind a window, staring straight ahead in handcuffs.

He is due to appear in court again on Tuesday morning.

The sheriff said earlier that the “terrible and shocking homicide” had deeply affected the town.

“Every murder is tragic, but the murder of a journalist is especially embarrassing,” Lombardo said at a Thursday news conference, offering his condolences to German’s family, friends and colleagues at the Review-Journal.

“We are … outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official. Journalists cannot do the important work that our communities need if they fear that a presentation of the facts result in violent reprisals,” the newspaper wrote. editor-in-chief Glenn Cook said in a statement on Wednesday.

German was discovered outside his home on Saturday morning, although police believe the murder took place the day before.

According to Capt. Dori Koren of the LVMPD’s Homicide and Sex Crimes Bureau, the suspect approached German’s home on Friday and walked to the side of the house. German got out soon after and walked to the side of the house, where, Koren said Thursday, investigators believe an altercation occurred and German was stabbed multiple times.

Telles, who lost re-election in June, was identified as a person of interest early in the investigation, as authorities uncovered neighborhood watch footage capturing a vehicle seen at Telles’s home before and after the killing of Telles. German,” Koren said. The vehicle, registered to Telles’ wife, was also seen at German’s home at the time of his death.

“We ultimately developed video evidence to show that the vehicle, the GMC Denali parked outside Telles’ home, left around 9 a.m. on the day of the murder and returned around 12 p.m. immediately after the murder, which was consistent with our timeline.” Koren said.

Surveillance footage released over the weekend showed a suspect wearing a straw hat and an orange shirt, and investigators found a matching hat during a search of Telles’ home. The hat had been cut, Koren said, as if in an effort to conceal evidence.

Investigators also found blood on a pair of shoes that had been cut, “likely in an attempt to destroy evidence,” Koren said.

When authorities determined that Telles’ DNA matched DNA found at the crime scene, their goal was to bring Telles into custody as “safely as possible”.

“We managed to execute this operation yesterday and Telles was taken into safe custody,” Koren said, although he acknowledged that Telles was seen on a stretcher after sustaining “self-inflicted” injuries. “. He would not describe the injuries, but said they were not life threatening.

German’s family said he was loyal and loving and dedicated to speaking out about wrongdoing.

“We are shocked, saddened and angry by his death,” family members said in a statement. “Jeff is committed to seeking justice for others and would appreciate the hard work of local police and journalists in the pursuit of his killer. We look forward to seeing justice in this case.”

The arrest is both a “relief” and an “outrage” for the victim’s editorial staff

The German was hailed by those who knew him or his work as an accomplished journalist who spent decades working in Las Vegas, covering everything from organized crime to corrupt government agencies to the 2017 mass shooting during of a music festival in Las Vegas – the deadliest in modern US history.
He was working on a story about Telles the week he was killed, according to the Review-Journal. Earlier this year, Telles was the subject of articles detailing his surveillance of his office, and German reported that Telles created a hostile work environment and had an inappropriate relationship with a staff member.

Telles denied the reports, the Review-Journal said. First elected to the position in 2018, Telles lost his re-election bid in a Democratic primary in June and his term ends in January.

Clark County officials said Thursday they are reviewing legal options regarding his employment status.

“The safety of our county employees and the public is our top priority, and the county has suspended Mr. Telles’ access to county offices or property,” officials added in a statement.

According to the statement, following the newspaper reports, officials decided several months ago that staff in the public administrator’s office would stop reporting to Telles.

“This solution will be in place until the public elects a new public trustee in November,” officials said.

Prior to German’s death, Telles posted several messages online detailing his issues with the journalist’s reporting, including on his campaign website and in a letter to German, in which he called the allegations “false” and insisted the reporter was trying to “drag me through the mud.”

Telles also said that he sought out an attorney in an effort to bring a lawsuit against the newspaper, but ultimately came to the conclusion that “to sue a newspaper, like the Las Vegas Review-Journal, is almost impossible”.

Telles also posted several tweets regarding German and his reporting.

Las Vegas police are asking for the public's help after a veteran journalist is found dead outside his home
“I can’t wait to lie on @JGermanRJ’s defamation piece #4. #onetrickpony I think it’s crazy that I didn’t crawl into a hole and die,” read a tweet from June 18in part.
A few days later, Telles tweeted“The typical bully. I can’t take a pound of criticism (sic) after throwing 100 pounds of BS. Up to article #4 now. You’d think he’d have better things to do.”

In his own statement Wednesday, Cook, the newspaper’s editor, said Telles’ arrest was “both a huge relief and an outrage to the Review-Journal newsroom.”

“We thank the Las Vegas police for their urgency and hard work and for immediately recognizing the terrible significance of Jeff’s murder. Now hopefully the Review-Journal, the German family and Jeff’s many friends can begin the process of grieving and honoring a great man and a brave journalist Godspeed, Jeff.

Killings of journalists are rare in the United States, and killings of journalists in retaliation for their work even rarer, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Eight journalists have been murdered in the United States since 1992 when the nonprofit began keeping track, including four in a 2018 mass shooting at the newsroom of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland, he said.
“Las Vegas police acted quickly in identifying and arresting a suspect in the fatal assault of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German,” Carlos Martínez de la Serna, program director for the Committee, said in a statement Thursday. for the protection of journalists. “Authorities must ensure that everyone involved in this terrible crime is identified and held accountable, and must make it clear that those who target journalists will be brought to justice.

Rebecca Aguilar, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, said German’s murder was a “reminder that ordinary journalists around the world are putting their lives on the line to uncover the truth”.

“As the Review-Journal reported, many described Jeff as a fearless reporter, the embodiment of the First Amendment, who stood up for society’s downtrodden and had a strong sense of right and wrong,” Aguilar said. in a press release. “We should honor Jeff by continuing to be like him, a person of courage, compassion and commitment to the truth.”

The victim’s colleagues assisted in the investigation

At first, authorities focused on making sure German’s death was not tied to a burglary in addition to “investigating any work-related grievances or disputes” related to his reporting, Koren said.

“We knew that as an investigative journalist he had written several articles and that there were different allegations and statements about potential people who would be upset,” he said.

The Review-Journal was instrumental in providing information that helped investigators, Lombardo said Thursday, particularly in describing “German cases” previously and currently working.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles washes his car Tuesday outside his Las Vegas home.  Authorities served search warrants at Telles' home on Wednesday in connection with the stabbing murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German.

German’s death was “embarrassing,” Lombardo said Thursday.

“We expect journalism to be open and transparent and to monitor government. And when people take it upon themselves to create harm associated with this profession, I think it’s very important that we put all eyes on that and that we handle the matter appropriately,” he said. , “as we did in this case, with this opportunity associated with it.”

Colleagues of German examining Google Maps noticed a brown SUV similar to the photo released by authorities in Telles’ driveway, said Arthur Kane, a Review-Journal reporter who had worked with German.

“Police came down and cordoned off the area, started searching his house,” Kane told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday. The SUV was the one registered to Telles’ wife, Kane said, and the vehicle was taken away by investigators.

In the meantime, the investigation continues, Lombardo said Thursday, and authorities are still pursuing “several leads” to “put other allegations to bed.”

CNN’s Ashley Killough, Steve Almasy, Paradise Afshar, Carroll Alvarado, Amir Vera, Jamiel Lynch, Nick Watt, Elizabeth Joseph, Hannah Sarisohn and Satyam Kaswala contributed to this report.