PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the 2017 murder conviction of a teen who fatally stabbed a woman.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the court overturned the conviction of Jaime Tinoco-Camarena on Wednesday, concluding that prosecutors should not have introduced testimony about his conviction in the 2014 rape of a woman in Eugene.
Tinoco-Camarena was accused of stabbing Nicole Laube in 2014 outside a Cedar Mill apartment complex. Tinoco-Camarena was living with his parents across from the complex at the time.
A jury convicted Tinoco-Camarena of aggravated murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
A jury convicted Tinoco-Camarena of aggravated murder and unlawful use of a weapon. On June 14, 2017, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Tinoco, who was 20 during his trial, was convicted of aggravated murder and unlawful use of a weapon. He killed the 29-year-old mother of 4 on August 19, 2014, stabbing her as she passed out leasing flyers at the apartment complex where she worked.
But since Tinoco was 17 at the time he killed her, he did not face the death penalty.
He is currently serving a 14-year sentence for raping a woman outside Autzen Stadium in Eugene about a month after he killed Laube.
An Oregon Department of Justice spokeswoman said attorneys are reviewing the ruling.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this report