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Court documents show Jaime Tinoco may not be fit to stand trial for murder

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Jaime Tinoco (2015 file image, FOX 12) Jaime Tinoco (2015 file image, FOX 12)
Jaime Tinoco (2015 file image, FOX 12) Jaime Tinoco (2015 file image, FOX 12)
Nicole Laube was killed outside an apartment complex in Cedar Mill in in August 2014. Nicole Laube was killed outside an apartment complex in Cedar Mill in in August 2014.

A Portland teen accused of killing a local mom and convicted of raping a woman in Eugene may not be mentally fit to stand trial for murder.

That's according to newly filed court documents that reveal there has been "remarkable confusion" among doctors regarding Jaime Tinoco, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

A new hearing was just set for this week to determine if he's fit to stand trial for the murder of Nicole Laube.             

Court documents reveal Jaime Tinoco, then 17, was first evaluated by a doctor on August 13, 2014 as part of meth treatment during his probation for lesser crimes.

A doctor wrote that he seemed anxious, noted facial tics, restlessness and at times wondered if Tinoco was having some sort of hallucination. Tinoco denied it.  That doctor wasn't sure how to help him, so he prescribed an anti- depressant to Tinoco. 

Six days later Laube was stabbed to death outside of a Cedar Mill apartment complex.Tinoco later confessed to the crime, according to court documents.

Laube's family said Tuesday it's the first time they're hearing about any of this.

“I did speak with the head of the Washington County Juvenile Department about him and she said there were no indications whatsoever of this potentiality in him,” said Laube’s father Rich Jones.  “If there’s any way possible, I would really like to know what that evaluation actually revealed six days before our daughter was murdered. I think that’s really a big key to this whole thing.”

The documents reveal new details about Tinoco's confession. He said he stabbed Nicole Laube at random, because he, "wanted to see what it felt like." Tinoco also told police it, "made me feel powerful," and that feeling, "was like a high."

But, now doctors claim Tinoco is unfocused, confused and doesn't seem to understand why he's behind bars. He also expresses confusion about the charges that he faces, and doctors said he's unable to aid and assist in his trial, according to those documents.

“I’m really glad the statements he made to detectives are all recorded, from my understanding, his answers then are very different from the answers he’s giving today,” said Jones. “His mental state seems to have deteriorated for some reason.”

Court documents also show doctors believe Tinoco is at high risk of attacking people and should remain in a high security facility like a prison, or state hospital. 

But, they believe through medication and treatment Tinoco's competency could possibly be restored.

“I guess I will have to give the doctors the benefit of the doubt that they fairly evaluated him,” Jones said. “He’s a sick individual and he needs help. I’m glad he’s in a place where he can get help, because if he wasn’t there, I shudder to think what could happen. He’s a dangerous individual.”

The Washington County district attorney's office said they have no comment about Thursday's hearing to determine if Tinoco is mentally fit to stand trial.

That hearing is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Tinoco was first arrested in September of 2014 for the brutal beating and rape of a Eugene woman. Tinoco was on a supervised trip with the Washington County Juvenile Department to an Oregon Ducks football game at the time. 

After he was convicted of that crime, court documents show he admitted to murdering Laube. He's been behind bars ever since.

FOX 12 has learned while at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility he allegedly punched a teacher. He was later indicted on assault charges, but his defense argued he was mentally unfit to stand trial in that case.

A judge recently agreed, according to court documents.

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