2 men found guilty of murdering Osceola County mother Nicole Montalvo to be sentenced
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday morning for the two men who killed a St. In April, a jury found Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, guilty of killing Nicole Montalvo. READ: 2 men found guilty in murdering Osceola County mother Nicole MontalvoThe father and son were convicted of killing Otero-Rivera’s estranged wife in what started out as a missing person case in 2019. READ: Father-in-law sent text message posing as Nicole Montalvo to cover her death, prosecutors sayOtero-Rivera and Rivera will learn their fate at a sentencing hearing at the Osceola County Courthouse at 11 a.m. Prosecutors said they want the men to spend life in prison.wftv.com
Father, son accused of murdering St. Cloud woman appear in court
Cloud woman were back in court Friday morning following several motions filed ahead of the trial. A motion hearing is scheduled for Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father Angel Rivera, both of whom are facing murder charges in the death of Otero-Rivera’s estranged wife, Nicole Montalvo. The state also filled a motion to exclude evidence of Montalvo’s request to modify a temporary injunction against Otero-Rivera. The judge denied a motion to exclude evidence that either defendant had a firearm or other weapon, another motion will be revisited. AdThe father and son are due back in court March 23 for a pre-trial hearing at 9 a.m.
Family members accused in St. Cloud woman’s murder face new charges
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Osceola County prosecutors have filed new charges against two men accused of killing and dismembering a St. Prosecutors say Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, killed Nicole Montalvo in October 2019. Rivera’s wife, Wanda Rivera, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and tampering with physical evidence. [TRENDING: Deputies: Girl abused by children’s book author | Deputy investigated for slamming student | How to get vaccine in Fla.]AdDocuments filed Jan. 12 show that prosecutors filed new charges against Otero-Rivera and Angel Rivera. Prosecutors said her body was dismembered and buried on property belonging to the Rivera family.
Hearing resumes for 3 charged in St. Cloud woman’s death, dismemberment
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Three suspects charged in connection with the murder of a St. Cloud woman were due in court Wednesday in an effort to get evidence tossed from the case. Prosecutors say Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, killed Christopher’s estranged wife, Nicole Montalvo, last year. [RELATED: Crime scene photos, evidence released in Montalvo case]Rivera’s wife, Wanda Rivera, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and tampering with physical evidence. The judge in the case first heard arguments over the evidence in October, but the hearing will resume Wednesday morning.
Nicole Montalvo’s accused killers offered man money to ‘discredit,’ ‘make her disappear’
Otero-Rivera’s father, Angel Rivera, 64, was also arrested and charged in connection with Montalvo’s death. “He wanted to discredit her, for I guess, her testimony,” the man told detectives, adding Otero-Rivera wanted the mother of his child to be “looked at like a junkie.”The man told Otero-Rivera he would plant drugs in Montalvo’s car and then alert authorities in an attempt to discredit her. Upon posting bail, he also told Angel Rivera of his plan, according to the interview. He told me where she lived at and asked if I knew the color of her car,” the man told detectives of Rivera. Both Angel Rivera and Otero-Rivera are in the Osceola County Jail awaiting trial set to begin in September.
Trial in murder of Osceola County mother Nicole Montalvo postponed
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – The trial of three family members charged in connection with the murder of an Osceola County mother has been postponed. According to court records, the trial of Christopher Otero-Rivera, his father, Angel Rivera, and his mother, Wanda Rivera, has been delayed until September 29. The trial was originally scheduled to begin August 24 in Osceola County. Otero-Rivera and Angel Rivera have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Nicole Montalvo. Wanda Rivera has been charged with being an accessory, evidence tampering and lying to law enforcement.
Nicole Montalvos mother-in-law faces new charge of accessory to murder
CLOUD, Fla. The mother-in-law of a slain St. Cloud woman now faces 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. Rivera has not yet been arrested on the new charges, according to officials. Riveras 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 Montalvos death.
Man charged with killing estranged wife asks for trial to be moved
An Osceola County man accused of murdering his estranged wife is fighting to have his upcoming trial moved out of Central Florida. According to court documents, one motion asks for Rivera’s upcoming trial to be moved from Osceola County to either Hillsborough, Broward or Palm Beach county. The second motion requests that crime scene photos showing the dismembered body of Nicole Montalvo be kept away from the jury. Montalvo’s remains were found in October 2019 on the St. Rivera’s father, Angel, and his mother Wanda, have also been charged in connection with Montalvo’s murder.
Estranged husband enters not guilty plea in murder of Nicole Montalvo
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – 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. Christopher Otero-Rivera, indicted by a grand jury last week, pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, abuse of a body and tampering with evidence. He pleaded not guilty to second degree murder, abuse of a dead body and tampering with evidence. Cloud woman | Sheriff pushes for murder charges to be filed in Osceola mother’s death]Montalvo’s remains were found in October on the property of the family’s home.
Estranged husband indicted on murder charges in Nicole Montalvo’s death
Cloud man has been indicted on second-degree murder charges in connection with his estranged wife’s death, court records show. Christopher Otero-Rivera has been in custody since Nicole Montalvo’s remains were found on the Rivera family’s yard in late October, according to Osceola County deputies. An Osceola County clerk said Otero-Rivera has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a dead body while Rivera was indicted on abuse of a dead body, accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence charges. Rivera was previously charged with abuse of a dead body and failure to report a death. He was indicted on new charges of accessory after the fact, abuse of a dead body and tampering with evidence.
Brief hearing held for man charged in slaying of estranged wife in St. Cloud
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A court hearing was held Tuesday morning for a man linked to the slaying of his estranged wife in St. A status hearing was conducted for Christopher Otero-Rivera, who’s charged with failing to report the death of Nicole Montalvo. Osceola County sheriff’s officials say Otero-Rivera killed Montalvo, 32, in October and buried her remains at his family’s home. Otero-Rivera remains jailed for violating probation. The state, however, filed a response saying the clock started on Dec. 16, when the charge for failure to report a death was filed.
Estranged husband of slain St. Cloud mother wants charge dropped
Cloud man accused of killing his estranged wife is asking a judge to throw out one of the criminal charges against him. According to the motion, prosecutors missed a 90-day deadline to bring him to trial on the misdemeanor charge. Cloud mom’s death incriminated son in jailhouse letter | Murder suspects’ family member told detectives he saw St. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order removing the murder case from Ayala’s office and reassigning it to neighboring State Attorney Brad King. Under Florida law, prosecutors must be ready to bring a murder case to trial withing 175 days of a suspect’s arrest.
Gov. Ron DeSantis comments on Montalvo case during news conference
Ron DeSantis made brief remarks on Nicole Montalvo’s murder case after Attorney General Ashley Moody wrote a letter to him, asking that her office take over the prosecution in the case. DeSantis said his office was reviewing the case and that he has been in contact with Montalvo’s brothers. “We have a lot of focus on the criminal but don’t always have a focus on the victims,” DeSantis said. The questions come amid a dispute between Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson. After that news conference, Moody stepped in and asked DeSantis to reassign the case to a new state attorney altogether.
New charge filed against estranged husband of slain St. Cloud woman
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The estranged husband of a slain Osceola County woman faced a judge Tuesday after sheriff’s officials filed a new charge against him. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has charged Christopher Otero-Rivera with failing to report the death of Nicole Montalvo. During that hearing, a judge set his bond at $3,000. Later on Tuesday, Otero-Rivera appeared before a different judge regarding his violation of probation charge. The trial for Otero-Rivera’s violation of probation charges is set for January 21.
Judge: State failed to file murder charge against man accused of killing estranged wife
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A man accused of killing his estranged wife could be released from jail in that case after a judge ruled Tuesday that the state missed the deadline to file an affidavit on the murder charge. Christopher Otero-Rivera was arrested on murder charges in October in connection with the death of Nicole Montalvo. Rivera remains in custody on probation violation charges. A spokeswoman for the Office of the State Attorney said prosecutors have 21 days to file charges, and if none are filed, prosecutors are afforded a maximum of 180 days. The Office of the State Attorney released a statement after Tuesday’s ruling.
Osceola deputies give update on investigation into missing mom's death
Authorities are expected to give an update on the investigation into the death of a St. Days after she was reported missing, Nicole Montalvo's remains were found on property belonging to her estranged husband's parents, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Christopher Otero-Rivera, 31, who lived with his parents at their home on Hixon Avenue, has been charged with her murder. Otero-Rivera's father, Angel Luis Rivera, 63, is also facing murder charges. The circumstances of Montalvo's death have not been released.
Missing St. Cloud mother's remains identified; estranged husband charged, deputies say
CLOUD, Fla. - Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson confirmed Sunday that deputies have found the remains of Nicole Montalvo, a mother who went missing near St Cloud earlier this week. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said Montalvo's estranged husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, 31, and his father, Angel Luis Rivera, 63, have now been charged with premeditated murder in Montalvo's death. Montalvo's cellphone has been turned off and she hadn't had a "trace of communication with anybody" since Monday, according to Osceola County sheriff's Maj. Jacob Ruiz. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office originally named Otero-Rivera and Luis Rivera persons of interest in Montalvo's disappearance. His father, Luis Rivera, was also arrested on suspicion of violation of another felony charge.