Posted: September 15, 2022, 9:50 AM.
Last updated: September 15, 2022, 9:50 AM.
Robert Telles, the Clark County administrator charged with the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, was charged with domestic violence and resisting arrest in 2020. That was after Telles got drunk and started arguing with his wife at the Bellagio, according to an arrest report seen by the LVRJ.
Robert Telles arrived in court last Thursday for a first appearance. On Monday, he was formally charged with murder. The Clark County officer was previously arrested for domestic violence in 2020. (Image: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
According to the report, police were called to Telles’ home around 11 p.m. on Feb. 29, 2020 after receiving a disturbing phone call from his wife, Mae Ismael.
Ismael told officers that she and her husband were leaving the Bellagio when the latter became drunk and abusive. As Ismael drove home, Telles grabbed her neck, slapped her arm and tried to break things in the car.
His behavior became even more erratic when they got home. Ismael told police that she and her children were huddled in another room as Telles repeatedly “Kill me!” called out.
“He just won’t leave us alone,” Ismael said in the recording. “He had too much to drink tonight, and it’s just… me and my kids are scared.”
After the call, Telles grabbed his wife in a “powerful” bear hug and refused to let go until the children pry her away, the report said.
When emergency services arrived, the elected official continued to yell at his wife and at police officers, refusing to be handcuffed. He had to be arrested by force, the report said.
Ultimately, Telles’ attorney Ross Goodman negotiated to drop the domestic battery charge. Telles pleaded guilty to the charge of resisting arrest and was given a 90-day suspended sentence and a $418 fine.
He was also required to attend a “Corrective Thinking” course focusing on stress management and relationships.
Jeff German Murder
Prosecutors accuse Telles of “lurking” outside German Summerlin’s home on the morning of September 2, before stabbing him to death. The veteran reporter had written stories claiming Telles had been in charge of an environment of “emotional stress, bullying and favoritism” on public administration. German also revealed an affair Telles was having with a colleague.
These articles may have contributed to his losing his reelection bid in the June primaries. Just days before German’s death, Telles learned that the reporter was working on another story about him.
Police searched Telles’ home and found bloodied shoes and a dismembered straw hat. The hat resembled one worn by a suspect who was caught on a security video approaching German’s home shortly before the murder. They also found Telles’ DNA at the crime scene.
Prosecutors emphasize that Telles was allegedly “lurking” on German, as this is one of the standards for first-degree murder, as it indicates premeditated murder. First-degree murder carries more severe penalties, including the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole.
Despite his current predicament, Telles is still Clark County’s administrator until his term expires in January, and he continues to take the $120,000 salary.
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