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Teen convicted of rape deemed fit to stand trial for murder

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Jaime Tinoco (2015 file image, KPTV) Jaime Tinoco (2015 file image, KPTV)
Nicole Laube was killed outside an apartment complex in Cedar Mill in in August 2014. (Family photo/KPTV) Nicole Laube was killed outside an apartment complex in Cedar Mill in in August 2014. (Family photo/KPTV)
WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A teen who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for rape has now been deemed fit to stand trial for murder.

A judge ruled Friday that Jaime Tinoco, 18, is able to aid and assist in his own defense and is competent to face trial on murder charges.

Court documents filed two months ago revealed "remarkable confusion" among doctors regarding Tinoco's condition at the time and whether he was fit to stand trial.

Tinoco brutally attacked and raped a woman near Autzen Stadium while he was on a supervised trip to an Oregon Ducks football game as part of an outing with the Washington County Juvenile Department in September 2014.

He pleaded guilty in March 2015 in that case and was sentenced to prison. He was 17 years old at the time.

In late March 2015, Tinoco was indicted on murder charges for the deadly stabbing of 29-year-old Nicole Laube outside a Cedar Mill apartment complex.

That crime occurred in August 2014.

Court documents state Tinoco confessed to the murder after his arrest and said he stabbed Laube at random because he "wanted to see what it felt like."

Tinoco was evaluated by a doctor as part of meth treatment during his probation for lesser crimes six days before he's accused of killing Laube, according to court documents.

The doctor at that time questioned if Tinoco was having some sort of hallucination, but Tinoco denied it. He was prescribed an anti-depressant.

A hearing is now scheduled in the murder case for May 26. Tinoco waived his appearance for that hearing and has requested to be returned to the Oregon State Prison.

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