The jury has been seated for the trial of Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father Angel Rivera, the two men from Osceola County accused of killing a 36-year-old mother in 2019 and then burying her dismembered remains on their property in St. Cloud.
Both men are facing murder charges in the death of Otero-Rivera’s estranged wife, Nicole Montalvo.
Montalvo was reported missing in October 2019 after not picking up her 8-year-old son from school. Her dismembered remains were later found buried on property owned by the Rivera family. Otero-Rivera was still on probation stemming from a 2018 arrest when Montalvo was killed, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
The mother of Christopher Otero-Rivera, Wanda Rivera, was also arrested in connection to the case. However, charges against her have been dropped.
Jury selection began April 5 at the Osceola County courthouse after long delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The members of the jury were selected on Monday making the way for the trial to begin with opening arguments today at 9 am.