BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Dozens of teens and family members crowded into an Adams County courtroom on Thursday as murder suspect William Dean Otto was brought out for his arraignment.
Otto, 43, is accused of killing two teenage boys over an alleged blackmail plot earlier this month and then burying their bodies 150 miles away. He faces two counts of first degree murder as well as contributing to the delinquincy of minors and destroying evidence.
Neighbors say Otto’s house at 8207 High Street in unincorporated Adams County was a party house where alcohol was given out freely to underage drinkers. The home is close to Thornton city limits.
Police say two teens had cellphone video of Otto propositioning them for sex and were trying to extort $20,000 from him.
Detectives say Otto shot and killed Gustavo Danny Espinosa-Gambia, 16, and Jonathan Gonzalez, 15, inside his home and then buried their bodies in rural Sedgwick County near Otto’s boyhood home.
Police said Otto told them the teens had knives so he shot them.
Otto’s next scheduled court date is Aug. 20.