Report: Angel Rivera rescinds request for new attorney ahead of trial in Nicole Montalvo’s slaying

Jury selection slated to begin in trial

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Angel Rivera, one of the two men accused of killing and dismembering Nicole Montalvo, has rescinded his request for a new defense attorney, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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Montalvo, 33, was reported missing in October 2019 after she failed to pick up her 8-year-old son from school. Her dismembered remains were later found buried on the property where her estranged husband and his parents lived on Hixon Avenue in St. Cloud. Both Montalvo’s husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, and his father, Angel Luis Rivera, are in jail awaiting trial for her murder.

In a motion requesting a Nelson hearing, Angel Rivera had alleged his court-appointed counsel was ineffective. The Sentinel reported Monday that Rivera removed his request for a hearing on the matter.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial on Monday.