Mon. Feb 17th, 2020

Osceola sheriff claims Aramis Ayala directed staff not to assist deputies in Montalvo case


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ALARMING ALLEGATIONS FROM THE SHERIFF. IT’S ALL NEW AT 4:00. REPORTER: IN A LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR, SENT ON WEDNESDAY, AND OBTAINED BY WESH 2, OSCEOLA COUNTY SHERIFF RUSS GIBSON LAYS OUT HIS CASE, FOR REMOVING STATE ATTORNEY ARAMIS AYALA, FROM THE NICOLE MONTALVO MURDER CASE. HE INCLUDES THE ALARMING CLAIM, THAT, QUOTE, HER STAFF WAS DIRECTED TO NOT ASSIST MY DETECTIVES IN OBTAINING EVIDENCE FROM THE SUSPECTS PHONES NOR IN OBTAINING TESTIMONY FROM A KEY WITNESS. HE DOESN’T SAY WHO THAT WITNESS IS. BUT THAT’S THE ALLEGATION, AYALA REACTED FIERCELY TO ON FRIDAY, BEFORE WE’D SEEN THIS LETTER. >> THIS COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. WE HAVE ENCOURAGED AND REQUESTED THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO DO ADDITIONAL INVESITGATION IN THIS CASE NEARLY EVERY SINGLE WEEK. REPORTER: MONTALVO’S HUSBAND, CHRISTOPHER OTERO-RIVERA, AND HIS FATHER, ANGEL RIVERA, WERE ARRESTED IN OCTOBER FOR HER MURDER. HER DISMEMBERED BODY, WAS ALLEGEDLY FOUND ON THEIR PROPERTY. EVEN SO, FORMAL CHARGES, HAVE NEVER BEEN FILED AGAINST THEM, AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO DO SO, BEFORE A LEGAL DEADLINE, SOON AFTER THE ARRESTS, GIBSON, MADE THIS COMMENT. >> IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, A DEATH SENTENCE CASE. REPORTER: IN HIS LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR, HE SAYS AFTER THAT, HIS INTERACTIONS WITH AYALA WENT SOUTH. AYALA HAS BEEN VOCAL IN THE PAST, ABOUT OPPOSING THE DEATH PENALTY. GIBSON CLAIMS THAT AYALA TOLD HIM, QUOTE, THE STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WOULD NOT BE SEEKING A FIRST DEGREE MURDER INDICTMENT. HE SAYS HE MET WITH AYALA, AND HE HER ACTIONS LEFT HIM BELIEVING, QUOTE, HER OFFICE’S INACTION HAS NOT BEEN ABOUT THE LACK OF EVIDENCE, BUT ABOUT ER DESIRE TO ADVANCE HER POSITION AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY. GIBSON SAYS AYALA TOLD HIM, THEY COULDN’T MAKE A 1ST DEGREE MURDER CASE, WITHOUT HAVING A MANNER OF DEATH, WHICH IN MONTALVO’S CASE, IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME. REPORTING IN OSCEOLA COUNTY,

Osceola sheriff claims Aramis Ayala directed staff not to assist deputies in Montalvo case

The Osceola County Sheriff explained in a letter to the governor his reasoning for wanting a local state attorney removed from a murder case.No one’s been charged with Nicole Montalvo’s death despite her body being found in her father-in-law’s backyard.In a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis, sent on Wednesday, Osceola County sheriff Russ Gibson laid out his case for removing State Attorney Aramis Ayala from Montalvo’s murder case.In the letter, he makes the following claim: “Her staff was directed to not assist my detectives in obtaining evidence from the suspects phones nor in obtaining testimony from a key witness.”It does not say who the witness is in the letter.The letter brought a fierce reaction from Ayala on Friday, before the letter was obtained by WESH 2 News.”Nothing could be further from the truth. We have encouraged and requested the Sheriff’s Office to do additional investigation in this case nearly every single week,” Ayala said.Montalvo’s husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, and his father, Angel Rivera, were arrested in October on suspicion of murder in connection with Montalvo’s death. Officials said her dismembered body was found on their property.Formal charges have never been filed against them and because of a legal deadline, time is running out to do so.”This is in my humble opinion a death penalty case,” Gibson said soon after the pair were arrested.In Gibson’s letter to the governor he said after that statement, his interactions with Ayala went south.Ayala has been vocal in the past about opposing the death penalty.Gibson claims that Ayala told him the State Attorney’s Office would not be seeking a first-degree murder indictment.He said he met with Ayala and her office’s inaction has not been about the lack of evidence, but about her desire to advance her position against the death penalty.Gibson said Ayala told him they couldn’t make a first-degree murder case without having a manner of death, which in Montalvo’s case, is unknown at this time.

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. —

The Osceola County Sheriff explained in a letter to the governor his reasoning for wanting a local state attorney removed from a murder case.

No one’s been charged with Nicole Montalvo’s death despite her body being found in her father-in-law’s backyard.

In a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis, sent on Wednesday, Osceola County sheriff Russ Gibson laid out his case for removing State Attorney Aramis Ayala from Montalvo’s murder case.

In the letter, he makes the following claim: “Her staff was directed to not assist my detectives in obtaining evidence from the suspects phones nor in obtaining testimony from a key witness.”

It does not say who the witness is in the letter.

The letter brought a fierce reaction from Ayala on Friday, before the letter was obtained by WESH 2 News.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. We have encouraged and requested the Sheriff’s Office to do additional investigation in this case nearly every single week,” Ayala said.

Montalvo’s husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, and his father, Angel Rivera, were arrested in October on suspicion of murder in connection with Montalvo’s death. Officials said her dismembered body was found on their property.

Formal charges have never been filed against them and because of a legal deadline, time is running out to do so.

“This is in my humble opinion a death penalty case,” Gibson said soon after the pair were arrested.

In Gibson’s letter to the governor he said after that statement, his interactions with Ayala went south.

Ayala has been vocal in the past about opposing the death penalty.

Gibson claims that Ayala told him the State Attorney’s Office would not be seeking a first-degree murder indictment.

He said he met with Ayala and her office’s inaction has not been abo

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