(LAS VEGAS) — A former Nevada county official accused of fatally stabbing a Las Vegas journalist who was investigating his office has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Robert Telles, 45, appeared briefly in a Clark County courtroom Wednesday morning for his arraignment hearing. He waived his right to have a jury trial set within 60 days.

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His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Telles was arrested last month in connection with the death of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, who police said was found stabbed to death outside his home on Sept. 3.

He was formally indicted by a Clark County grand jury last week on the charge of murder with use of a deadly weapon. The indictment alleged that Telles, “with malice aforethought,” killed German by stabbing him multiple times.

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Telles, who served as the Clark County public administrator, blamed German for ruining his career in politics and his marriage, according to prosecutors.

Telles lost his bid for re-election following an investigation by German in the Review-Journal that exposed turmoil in his office and accusations of bullying, retaliation and an “inappropriate relationship” between Telles and a staffer.

Police said Telles was seen approaching the journalist’s home and allegedly had an altercation with him the day before the murder. He allegedly returned the following day in a disguise — described by police as a straw hat and reflective vest — and stabbed German outside his home, police said.

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Telles was arrested on Sept. 7 after DNA evidence found by a SWAT team at his home linked him to the crime scene, police said.

Telles has been held without bail in Clark County Detention Center. He was denied bail during a court appearance this week, despite his attorney’s argument that he is not a threat to the community or a flight risk, Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV-TV reported.

Telles’ term as public administrator didn’t expire until Jan. 1, 2023, though he was officially removed from office on Oct. 5, according to KTNV.

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