ORLANDO,Fla. – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has asked Governor Ron DeSantis to reassign the prosecution of a high profile murder case to another state attorney’s office, the state’s top elected prosecutor confirmed Tuesday.
Moody has expressed concern about a dispute between Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson over the investigation into the murder of Nicole Montalvo.
Montalvo’s dismembered body was found on a property near St. Cloud in Orlando.
Two days later, Gibson arrested Montalvo’s husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, and father-in-law, Angel Rivera, accusing both of murder.
Ayala claims Gibson made the arrests prior to collecting enough evidence for her office to prove the case to a jury.
Under Florida law, criminal defendants can request a jury trial within six months of their arrest.