Las Vegas journalist Jeff German, who was stabbed to death last month, likely died quickly from stab wounds to his neck and torso, according to a medical review of his autopsy.
German died with four sharp injuries to his neck, including one in his carotid artery.
dr. Dale Carrison, who reviewed part of the coroner’s report for the Las Vegas Journal-Review, said a carotid artery injury results in rapid death.
That would be a fatal injury. He would be dead in minutes,” said Carrison, who formerly attended the emergency room at the University of Nevada, Reno and is a former FBI agent.
Carrison added that the investigative report on the German’s murder said “rigor mortis was over,” meaning the journalist would have been dead for at least 24 hours before he was found, which is the minimum time it takes a body to complete the rigor mortis phase.
“It’s usually there for 24 hours, and then it goes away,” he said. “It must have been there for quite some time.”
Las Vegas Metropolitan police officers found journalist Jeff German, 69, dead with stab wounds around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 after authorities received a 911 call
Former Clark County public administrator Robert Telles, who was arrested in connection with the German’s murder, appears at a recent criminal hearing in Las Vegas
The suspect in the grizzly murder of Las Vegas journalist Jeff German is pictured wearing a bright orange coat, straw hat, and sneakers — the hat and sneakers were found at the Clark County home of former public administrator Robert Telles.
Nike sneakers worn by the suspect were discovered at the home of Telles’ Peccole Ranch
A torn straw hat that matched the murder suspect’s was also found in Telles’ garage
Telles’ Peccole ranch home, where the suspect’s sneakers and hat were found
Telles was arrested in connection with the murder
Jeff German, 69, was found dead at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 3 with seven stab wounds to his neck and torso outside his home near North Tenaya Way in Las Vegas.
He was pronounced dead at 12:55 p.m. on Sept. 3 after a neighbor discovered him behind the bushes in his side yard.
Former Clark County public administrator Robert Telles was arrested in connection with the death after police discovered DNA on Telles’ clothing matched DNA evidence under German’s fingernails.
Detectives have since matched a straw hat and sneakers worn by the suspect with a tattered hat and shoes found at the home of Telles’ Peccole Ranch.
The shoes were found behind a sofa in the living room and the torn hat in the garage.
Police officers and prosecutors in Las Vegas said Telles was “lurking” when he attacked the German outside his suburb.
German had previously written critical stories about Telles’ handling of his public office.
In September, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the video of the stabbing had been recovered, but the tape had to be cleared because it was “distorted.”
It was sent to the FBI in the hopes it could be improved, and Lombardo said they planned to release its contents, though it wasn’t clear when Friday.
Telles is currently under protective custody at the Clark County Detention Center due to the high-profile nature of the crime he was arrested for.
Vegas police have yet to find a murder weapon for the stabbing.
Metro Captain Dori Koren and Sheriff Lombardo told the Review-Journal, for which German worked until the time of his murder, that they were not investigating any other suspects at the time.
German (left) and Telles (right) speaking in Telles’ Vegas office on May 11, 2022
German was found with stab wounds outside his home, near North Tenaya Way in Las Vegas
German was known for his stories of government crimes and political scandals and coverage of the 2017 mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas that killed 60 people and injured 400.
He received a master’s degree from Marquette University and was the author of the 2001 true crime novel “Murder in Sin City: The Death of a Las Vegas Casino Boss,” the story of the death of Ted Binion, heir to the Horseshoe’s fortune. Club. .
Cathy Scott, a former co-worker, recalled that she and German told the story of the 1997 murder of mob operative Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein.
German specializing in organized crime stories. He hosted a season of the Review-Journal’s true crime podcast, ‘Mobbed Up: The Fight for Vegas.’
The podcast was described as an outline of the secret power that Mafia crime families forge over more than a third of the Strip’s casinos, and the formidable job federal and state agents have to push them out.
He also made stories about government corruption and campaign finance violations in Nevada.