Robert Telles, the Democratic lawmaker who stands accused in the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German, wept openly in court as bail was denied on Tuesday.
The Democrat’s wife and mother watched from the gallery as Telles, 45, sobbed while his attorneys protested in court and requested “reasonable” bail for their client, asserting that he was not a threat to anyone. They asked that he be granted a $100,000 bail.
He appeared to be praying while standing to hear the judge’s decision which didn’t go his way. Telles has been held in the Clark County Detention Center without bail since his arrest.
“In this case, the safety of the community argument, Mr. Telles is a danger to no one,” his attorney claimed, despite the fact that Telles is accused of stabbing the reporter in his neck and torso, causing him to bleed out in minutes.
(Video Credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal)
— Katelyn Newberg (@k_newberg) October 18, 2022
“The offense with which he was charged was a personal dispute, if the state’s theory of evidence holds up, between my client and Mr. Jeff German,” Chief Deputy Public Defender Edward Kane said Tuesday. “There is no evidence that he’s a danger to anyone else. There’s no evidence that if released anyone else would be in peril, or that monetary bail or other conditions are needed to ensure the safety of the community.”
Telles was seen just a month ago smirking in court but he’s no longer amused as he faces life behind bars or the death penalty over the murder.
District Attorney Steve Wolfson views Telles in a different light and warned that he is a “flight risk and a danger to the community.” He said he would argue for a ‘very high bail,” according to Fox5.
Telles’ attorney unsuccessfully contended that “this isn’t a no-bail case.”
He’s definitely a flight risk and a danger to the community 🤷🏾♀️
— Ms Andrea (@MsAndrea_) October 18, 2022
The criminal complaint against Telles asserts that he was “lying in wait” to kill German, 69, on September 3.
Telles reportedly attempted to commit suicide and his scars were visible while he was in court. The attempt occurred as a SWAT team surrounded his home following the murder. The Democrat was seen being carried out on a stretcher with self-inflicted cuts on his arms.
The Daily Mail reported that Telles barricaded himself in his home and made suicidal statements before cutting himself. It is also suspected he took drugs before he was handcuffed, which was another reason for his hospital trip.
According to prosecutors, Telles decided to kill the reporter because of an affair he uncovered between the suspect and a staffer at his office. Telles served as Clark County Public Administrator.
Sometimes you forget that Robert Telles is the dumbest man in Southern Nevada history
— 𝐓𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐚 🥃 (@tokenbrotha) October 11, 2022
German wrote a number of investigative articles that detailed a toxic work environment and the affair between Telles and his staffer Roberta Lee-Kennett, 45. Telles evidently blamed German for ruining his career and destroying his marriage, according to the New York Daily News.
The reporter was known for breaking stories about government corruption and campaign finance violations in Nevada.
During the search of the Democrat’s home, bloodied shoes and a cut-up straw hat were found. Surveillance footage had previously shown someone wearing that getup near the murder scene.
Telles’ red GMC was also a match to a vehicle seen at the scene.
He was arrested on September 7 after DNA evidence was found under German’s fingernails that matched Telles.
Did he really think for a second that he would be release on an open murder charge with all that evidence against him lmao. This dude is wild.
— Dennis (@HotShotDennis) October 18, 2022
Entitlement on a different level. The nerve!
— Jon 1nducil Buhay (@iJonBuhay) October 19, 2022
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