Brief hearing held for man charged in slaying of estranged wife in St. Cloud

Christopher Otero-Rivera accused of failing to report death of Nicole Montalvo

Nicole Montalvo and Christopher Otero-Rivera

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A court hearing was held Tuesday morning for a man linked to the slaying of his estranged wife in St. Cloud.

A status hearing was conducted for Christopher Otero-Rivera, who’s charged with failing to report the death of Nicole Montalvo.

Otero-Rivera did not attend the hearing.

Osceola County sheriff’s officials say Otero-Rivera killed Montalvo, 32, in October and buried her remains at his family’s home. Formal murder charges, however, have not been filed against him. Otero-Rivera remains jailed for violating probation.

Tuesday’s hearing comes a week after the defense filed a motion to discharge, telling the judge that the 90-day window for a speedy trial expired.

Otero-Rivera’s attorneys say the clock started ticking on Oct. 27, when Otero-Rivera was arrested. The state, however, filed a response saying the clock started on Dec. 16, when the charge for failure to report a death was filed.

According to State Attorney Brad King, a hearing to address the defense’s motion to discharge has been scheduled for on or about March 20, with a trial date for the failure to report a death charge on March 23.

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