Juror fired after falling ASLEEP in murder trial of husband and father-in-law accused of breaking up woman’s body
- Juror 16 fell asleep several times before his dismissal on Tuesday morning
- The jury member was replaced by an alternate who had been paying attention
- Nicole Montalvo was reported missing on October 21, 2019 after dropping her son off with the Rivera family
- Her remains were later found burned, mutilated and dismembered
- She was divorced from her husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera at the time
- Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, are charged with manslaughter
- Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges
A juror was fired for napping during the Florida murder trial against a man and his father accused of hacking the man’s wife to pieces.
The alleged crime is shocking, but it wasn’t enough to hold the attention of Juror 16, who fell asleep multiple times.
Click on Orlando reported that the juror had been fired Tuesday before the day’s sittings. The juror was replaced by a deputy who presumably hadn’t struggled to stay awake in the courtroom.
The trial for Christopher Otero-Rivera and Angel Rivera in Osceola County, Florida took an unexpected turn on Tuesday when a juror was fired for falling asleep (trial shown)
Christopher Otero-Rivera, 33, and his father, Angel Rivera, 64, are charged with the 2019 homicide of Nicole Montalvo, 35, of St. Cloud.
They are also accused of abusing a body and tampering with evidence. Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Montalvo disappeared on October 21, 2019, after dropping her 8-year-old son off at Rivera’s household.
Montalvo was found four days after she was reported missing on a property owned by the Riveras. Her remains were dismembered.
Christopher Otero-Rivera (left) and Angel Rivera (right) are charged with manslaughter
Her body had been burned and mutilated, and the body parts were buried in various places.
Otero-Rivera and Montalvo shared a son, but were separated when Montalvo died.
Monday brought more testimonies at trial, including from Christopher’s mother and Angel’s wife, Wanda, who testified about the positive relationship she had with Montalvo and her grandson.
According to WFTV, Wanda testified that Nicole had no plans to leave prior to her disappearance.
Nicole Montalvo, 35, was found with her body dismembered days after her disappearance
Otero-Rivera and Rivera are represented in their proceedings by separate attorneys.
During the opening statements, Otero-Rivera’s lawyer pointed the finger at Rivera.
“He was undoubtedly the boss of the Rivera family,” Otero-Rivera’s lawyer said of Rivera last week. He checked things. He manipulated things. ‘
Her body was found at multiple locations on a property belonging to the Rivera family
Her body was dismembered and laid in various places with burns and mutilations
A former Otero-Rivera inmate, Dustin Gonzalez, also testified Monday that Otero-Rivera wanted Gonzalez to plant drugs on Montalvo in exchange for bail.
That testimony contained a reference to Rivera who wanted Montalvo to disappear, it said Click on Orlando
The state’s last witnesses were said to testify at the Osceloa County courthouse Tuesday morning, after which it will rest its case, the Orlando Sentinel