Hearing held for 3 charged in St. Cloud woman’s death, dismemberment

Rivera family charged in death of Nicole Montalvo

Nicole Montalvo and Christopher Otero-Rivera

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A hearing was held Wednesday for three suspects charged in connection with the murder of a St. Cloud woman.

Prosecutors say Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, killed Christopher’s estranged wife, Nicole Montalvo, last year.

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Three suspects charged in connection with the murder of a St. Cloud woman are due in court Wednesday in an effort to get evidence tossed from the case.

Rivera’s wife, Wanda Rivera, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Attorneys for the defendants argued the initial search of the family’s home was illegal so much of what was uncovered should not be allowed in court.

The judge in the case first heard arguments over the evidence in October, but the hearing resumed Wednesday. The judge will make a ruling at a later date.

Montalvo disappeared in October 2019 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.

The estranged husband of Nicole Montalvo, a St. Cloud woman found slain last year in Osceola County, formally entered a plea Tuesday morning in court.

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