The father-in-law of a slain Osceola County mother now faces charges of second degree murder.
Angel Rivera, the father of Christopher Otero-Rivera, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Nicole Montalvo.
Angel Rivera was originally charged with being an accessory, tampering with evidence and abuse of a body.
Investigators said Montalvo’s dismembered body was found last October on the St. Cloud property of Christopher Otero-Rivera and Angel Rivera.
Court hearings in the Nicole Montalvo murder case have been on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, but prosecutors and defense attorneys for the accused killer Otero-Rivera have still been filing motions.
The state asked to have Otero-Rivera’s case consolidated with that of his father.
In their motion prosecutors lay out why they believe the Rivera’s did it, writing “both desired custody of Nicole Montalvo’s son, and that this desire for custody acted as motive for each to commit the crimes with which they are accused.”
The trial has been postponed till at least May.