Attorney for man accused in Osceola mother’s murder says investigators ‘don’t have the evidence’

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ORLANDO, Fla. – One of the suspect’s in an Osceola County mother’s slaying is still in jail with a $350,000 bail. On Friday, Angel River’s attorney filed a motion to appeal his client’s bond saying it’s unreasonably high.

Attorney Frank Bankowitz says the judge set Rivera’s bond high to purposely keep him in jail because he believes prosecutors and Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson rushed to arrest him for his daughter-in-law’s murder.

Investigators said they found the remains of 33-year-old Nicole Montalvo in late October near the home her estranged husband shared with his family.

Rivera was first arrested on Oct. 29 on a murder charge in connection with Montalvo’s death. However, on Dec. 5 a judge ruled Rivera could be released from jail on that charge because the state failed to officially file the first-degree murder charge within 21 days of his arrest.