Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing 2 Teens In Alleged Blackmail Plot

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William Dean Otto (credit: Adams County DA)

William Dean Otto (credit: Adams County DA)

BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – A man prosecutors say killed two teenagers pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

William Otto, 43, is accused of killing two teenage boys over an alleged blackmail plot in August and then burying their bodies 150 miles away.

Otto faces two counts of first-degree murder as well as contributing to the delinquency 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 trial is set for April 28.

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