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Nicole Montalvo’s mother-in-law faces new charge of accessory to murder

Wanda Rivera arrested Thursday

ST. CLOUD, Fla. – The mother-in-law of a slain St. Cloud woman was arrested on Thursday, and she now faces new charges of accessory after the fact to murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Wanda Rivera, 60, was previously charged with providing false information to law enforcement in connection with the death of Nicole Montalvo.

Wanda Rivera has been charged with accessory to first degree murder, tampering with evidence and giving false statements to law enforcement in the murder of her daughter-in-law, Nicole Montalvo.
Wanda Rivera has been charged with accessory to first degree murder, tampering with evidence and giving false statements to law enforcement in the murder of her daughter-in-law, Nicole Montalvo. (WKMG)

Osceola County jail officials said Rivera surrendered at he jail around 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, and she almost immediately posted a $20,000 bond.

She walked out of the jail four hours later.

Rivera’s son, Christopher Otero-Rivera, 32; and her husband, Angel Rivera, 63, have both been charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a body in Montalvo’s death. The men are expected to stand trial on July 13.

[RELATED: Crime scene photos, evidence released in Montalvo case]

Montalvo disappeared in October after dropping off her 8-year-old son at the Riveras’ home, according to investigators. Prosecutors say her body was dismembered and buried on property belonging to the Rivera family.

According to court documents, Otero-Rivera’s attorney is fighting to keep some of the crime scene photos away from jurors.

She is also fighting to move his trial out of Osceola County, citing too much media exposure.

Prosecutors fired back on Thursday, asking the judge to keep the trial in Osceola County and move forward with jury selection.


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