Tinoco attorney: We didn't get all the evidence
The murder trial of Jaime Tinoco, accused of killing Forest Grove resident Nicole Laube in 2014, was set to begin on Tuesday. But now it won't begin until June.
(The judge's ruling came too late on Wednesday the for the print version of this story, which appears in the Thursday, March 9, edition.)
Tinoco's defense attorney, Robert Axford, told Judge Kirsten Thompson they did not get all the discovery material in the case until Monday.
"There are some issues that have come to the court's attention," Judge Kirsten Thompson said at the outset.
"Yesterday morning we received about 310 pages of what has to be classified as Brady material," Axford told the court Tuesday morning.
"Brady material" essentially means evidence that might help the defendant's case and is required by law to be turned over to defense attorneys so they can investigate.
In this case, that didn't happen with all the evidence until Monday.
Over the course of their investigation, the sheriff's office received about 150 calls from people offering tips.
Lead Detective James George with the Washington County Sheriff's Office took the stand and said he turned over everything except about 300 pages of Tip Sheets — that is, calls from people with tips about the case. George said most of the tips were not used or followed up on for various reasons, and he did not consider these to be evidence.
"I did not realize that they probably should have been submitted into evidence. I did not consider tip sheets called in by callers to be evidence of the crime of murder," George testified.
Axford said those Tip Sheets have information on what they consider to be several other suspects and they will need at least a month to investigate them.
"The court will have the opportunity to take a look at this additional information," Judge Thompson said. "I'll make a determination as quickly as I can."
The judge said she would review the documents. Later in the day she ruled the trial would be pushed back until June because of this issue.
Tinoco, formerly of Beaverton, was 17 at the time he allegedly killed Laube, a 29-year-old mother who was stabbed to death as she passed our leasing flyers at the apartment complex where she worked.
Prosecutors allege he "intentionally" killed Laube and intended to rape her on August 19, 2014.
Before Laube died, she told a neighbor the man who attacked her was wearing a dark hoodie and camouflage pants.
Tinoco allegedly confessed to the crime after he was sentenced for raping a woman when he "absconded" from a Washington County Juvenile Department outing to an Oregon Ducks football game in Eugene.
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