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Man accused of killing Forest Grove woman declared unfit to stand trial

Lawyers for Jaime Tinoco, the convicted teenage rapist accused in the brutal murder of Forest Grove resident Nicole Laube, say he is mentally ill and not fit to stand trial.

Court documents obtained by KOIN 6 News show Tinoco told investigators he stabbed Laube while she passed out flyers at the Timber Creek Apartments on Aug. 19, 2014.

Tinoco lived with his parents across the street at a different apartment complex.

The documents show the 18-year-old said he killed her because “he just wanted to see what it felt like” and that it “made me feel powerful.”

Before Laube died, she told a neighbor the man who attacked her was wearing a dark hoodie and camouflage pants. The married mother of four young children was 29.

In 2015, Tinoco pleaded guilty to raping a woman outside Autzen Stadium after an Oregon Ducks football game in September, about a month after he allegedly killed Laube.

Tinoco was in court Thursday, March 3, to determine whether his mental illness — schizophrenia, according to the documents — will prevent him from standing trial.

When Tinoco was arrested in April 2015 for the murder, Nicole’s husband Chris Laube said he vowed to be at every court appearance Tinoco makes, and that he would continue to try and make eye contact with him at every chance.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of Pamplin Media Group.