A local official who had been under investigation for months by a journalist in Las Vegas has been arrested on suspicion of his murder.
Robert Telles, the public administrator of Clark County in Nevada, was arrested Wednesday after Jeff German was stabbed to death outside his home Friday following what police described as an argument.
The body of the 69-year-old Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter was found the next morning.
He died of “multiple serious injuries,” the Clark County Office of the Coroner and Medical Examiner said.
The arrest of Telles, 45, was confirmed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which said Mr. German had written stories about him.
Steven Wolfson, the county attorney, told The New York Times that Telles had been taken into custody.
Telles, whose office oversees estates of people who have died without a will or family contacts, was arrested on suspicion of murder, Clark County Detention Center records showed.
Sir. German was known for his decades of reporting on political wrongdoing and organized crime in Nevada’s largest city.
He had spent months reporting complaints that Telles had an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate and oversaw a violent workplace, which the county sheriff denied.
In June, weeks after Mr. German’s investigation was published, Telles failed in his re-election bid. He was due to leave office in January.
Las Vegas police confirmed in a Twitter post that a suspect in Mr German’s killing had been arrested, but did not identify him.
Glenn Cook, managing editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, said Mr. German’s colleagues were devastated by his killing.
“He was the gold standard for the news business,” he said.
“It’s hard to imagine what Las Vegas would be like today without his many years of shining a bright light in dark places.”