New charge filed against estranged husband of slain St. Cloud woman

Christopher Otero-Rivera faces charge of failing to report death of Nicole Montalvo

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The estranged husband of a slain Osceola County woman faced a judge Tuesday after sheriff’s officials filed a new charge against him.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has charged Christopher Otero-Rivera with failing to report the death of Nicole Montalvo.

Deputies say Otero-Rivera killed Montalvo, 32, in October and buried her remains at his family’s home.

Formal murder charges against Otero-Rivera, however, have not been filed. He remains jailed for violating probation.

Deputies have not released any other details about the new charge.

Otero-Rivera appeared before a judge on the latest charge. During that hearing, a judge set his bond at $3,000.

Later on Tuesday, Otero-Rivera appeared before a different judge regarding his violation of probation charge.

Migdalia Perez, Otero-Rivera’s attorney, argued what her client said to police at one point during the investigation should not be allowed because he was forced to cooperate with investigators as part of his probation.

“The probation officer can search your home, speak to you, get certain statements, but it doesn’t completely foreclose all your constitutional rights and that’s what we’re arguing,” Perez said.

The trial for Otero-Rivera’s violation of probation charges is set for January 21.

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