HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — Convicted rapist Jaime Tinoco told detectives he killed Nicole Laube in 2014 “to see what it felt like,” prosecutors told the jury in their opening statements of his murder trial.
The trial for Tinoco, now 20, finally got underway Tuesday in a Washington County court. A jury of 3 men and 11 women (which includes 2 alternates) will listen to the testimony from both prosecutors and defense.
Chris Laube, Nicole’s husband, was in court Tuesday.
“Hopefully today will go smooth and we’ll have some answers and we’ll start to kind of finish this,” he told KOIN 6 News in the hallway outside court.
In their opening statements, the prosecution played parts of a videotaped confession Tinoco provided to detectives in March 2015. That confession was after he had already been convicted of raping a woman in Eugene outside Autzen Stadium after an Oregon Ducks football game in September 2014.
Laube, 29, was stabbed to death on August 19, 2014 as she passed out leasing flyers at the apartment complex where she worked.
In the taped confession, prosecutors told the jury, Tinoco said he intended to rape and kill Laube. He added he “was thinking about doing the same thing” to Laube as he did to the woman in Eugene, but didn’t because Laube “screamed real loud.”
He also told the detectives in the video killing her made him “feel powerful” and “high all day.”
As for why he killed her, Tinoco said on tape: “To see what it felt like.”
Witnesses told investigators — and the prosecution told the jury — that Nicole Laube’s last words were, “I’ve been stabbed. He stabbed me. He was wearing camo pants and black hoodie.”
Two different Washington County detectives interviewed Tinoco on March 23, 2015. Around that time Tinoco walked officers back through the crime scene and showed them where he killed Nicole Laube.
In their opening statements, Tinoco’s defense attorneys argued there is no scientific DNA linking him to Laube’s murder and that he is not the only person who confessed to the crime. He was arrested 7 months after her murder.
Defense attorney Scott Sharp said Tinoco’s confession is “the admission of a pressured kid and a product of his mentally ill mind.”
“Keep in mind all the evidence you won’t get, that you won’t see — the DNA, fingerprints, the blood spatters, the knife,” Sharp told the jury. “That’s why at the end of this case we’ll be asking for a not guilty verdict.”
Jaime Tinoco has a rap sheet longer than many. In July 2014 he was put on probation for burglary, possession of meth and harassment and was in the Washington County Juvenile Department on an outing with 11 other juveniles to the Ducks football game when he raped the 39-year-old woman.
The first witness to testify, Robert Ogle, was the person Nicole Laube ran to for help after she was attacked.
“I asked her, ‘Who stabbed you?’ She said, ‘I don’t know. He’s wearing cargo pants and a black hoodie,'” Ogle testified.
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this trial.