There have been many twists and turns on how the murder of Nicole Montalvo will be prosecuted ever since Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson complained about the lack of prosecution in the case. Gibson went to Attorney General Ashley Moody asking her to remove Ayala from the case.
Crist announced the PSTA will be getting a $43,630 grant which will be used to “train PSTA employees to recognize the signs of human trafficking and assist law enforcement in catching abusers.”
Earlier this week, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez and state Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees highlighted the role the Florida Department of Health has in battling human trafficking. Florida will play host to the National Football League’s (NFL) Super Bowl on Sunday in Miami Gardens.
Back in November, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., with the support of U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., brought out the “HOPE for Victims of Human Trafficking Act” which “institutes several provisions to protect human trafficking victims in the judicial process.”
“If federal prosecutors re-victimize innocent victims – as Epstein’s horrific plea deal did – they must be held accountable, in a timely fashion,” Wasserman Schultz said. “This legislation would give our justice system vital tools to prevent such gross miscarriages of injustice from being repeated.
“Escaping domestic violence is one of the most difficult things a person can do,” said Crist. “This legislation supports survivors who make the brave choice to restart their lives safely and independently, ensuring one step in that process is a little less burdensome.”
Ever since she announced she would not seek the death penalty shortly after taking office in 2017, Ayala has had a rocky relationship with law enforcement in the two counties she serves. This acrimony has now turned into dueling press conferences over the murder of Nicole Montalvo back in October.