Jury selection continues in trial for St. Cloud killing of Nicole Montalvo

Monivette Cordeiro, Orlando Sentinel
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Jury selection will continue Monday at the Osceola County Courthouse in the trial for the father and son accused of killing and dismembering St. Cloud mother Nicole Montalvo.

The process has been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic, which limits how many potential jurors can safely be in a room, but so far, five jurors have been selected for the six-person panel.

Circuit Judge Keith Carsten said 24 more potential jurors will be called Monday to select the final juror as well as a couple alternates.

A seated jury could hear opening statements next week in the trial for Montalvo’s estranged husband, 33-year-old Christopher Otero-Rivera, and father-in-law, 64-year-old Angel Luis Rivera.

Both men are charged with second-degree murder, abuse of a body and evidence tampering in her death.

Montalvo, who was divorcing her husband after repeatedly seeking help from law enforcement and the courts alleging abuse, disappeared on Oct. 21, 2019, after dropping off the couple’s 8-year-old son at the Riveras’ home on Hixon Avenue.

Her remains were later found on the property.

Prosecutors say Montalvo’s corpse was burned, cut into pieces and buried, though they don’t know how or when she was killed. Her estranged husband and father-in-law both desired custody of the boy, they said.

Otero-Rivera and his father have pleaded not guilty.