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Police serve search warrants in slaying of Las Vegas reporter

Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP

Jeff German, investigative reporter, poses for a portrait at the Las Vegas Review-Journal photos studio, in Las Vegas, on Jan. 19, 2017.


Police were serving search warrants Wednesday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Las Vegas newspaper reporter last weekend.

In a statement, Metro Police didn’t specify where they were searching in connection with the slaying Saturday of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German.

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But the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that uniformed officers and police vehicles were seen outside the home of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles and a section around Telles’ house was taped off.

The newspaper said German spent months reporting on the turmoil surrounding Telles’ oversight of the office.

Telles, a 45-year-old Democrat, lost his reelection bid in June’s primary election after German’s findings were published, according to the Review-Journal.

A message left by The Associated Press at Telles’ office Wednesday morning wasn’t immediately returned.

German, 69, was found stabbed to death outside his home after authorities received a 911 call.

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German died of “multiple sharp force injuries” in a homicide, according to the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner.

Police said German apparently was in an altercation with another person that led to the stabbing Friday and it was an isolated incident.

Police have released surveillance images of the possible suspect although the photos don’t show the person’s full face. The still images show a person wearing a wide straw hat, bright orange reflective long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, gray shoes and carrying a black or dark blue shoulder bag.

On Tuesday, police showed a brief video of the possible suspect walking on a sidewalk in the same “construction attire” as the surveillance images and a still photo of a 2007-2014 red or maroon GMC Yukon Denali four-door vehicle that had chrome handles, a sunroof and a luggage rack that may be linked to the case.

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German joined the Review-Journal in 2010 after more than two decades at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a columnist and reporter who covered courts, politics, labor, government and organized crime.

He was known for his stories about government malfeasance and political scandals and coverage of the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival that killed 60 people and wounded more than 400 others.