Prosecution, defense rest in Nicole Montalvo murder trial

Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, did not testify


KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Both the prosecution and the defense have now rested their presentation of evidence, according to the judge presiding over the trail of Christopher Otero-Rivera and Angel Rivera.

Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Otero-Rivera’s estranged wife in Osceola County.

Before the trial of two men accused in the 2019 murder and dismembering of Nicole Montalvo resumed Tuesday, the judge dismissed a juror who he said was found to be sleeping on multiple occasions during the proceedings.

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The judge said Juror No. 16 was dismissed from the case and would be replaced by an alternate juror who has been attentive throughout the proceedings.

The state rested its case Tuesday around 3 p.m. but before they did, jurors heard from a former jail mate of Otero-Rivera.

The former jail mate said in his 8 months of being in the same jail pod with Otero-Rivera, they had many conversations. He said that Otero-Rivera said he wanted to kill Nicole Montalvo.

When asked if Otero-Rivera ever spoke about specific ways to kill her, his former jail mate said Otero-Rivera mentioned a car bomb.

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