Man accused of killing 2 teens during alleged blackmail attempt will face trial
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BRIGHTON, Colo. - A judge decided Friday that an Adams County man accused of killing two teens during an alleged blackmail attempt will remain in jail and stand trial for murder.
Prosecutors presented evidence Friday against William "Billy" Otto during a preliminary hearing.
The 43-year-old Otto is accused of killing 16-year-old Gustavo "Danny" Espinosa-Gamboa and 15-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez in August. They had allegedly demanded $10,000 each to keep secret a video that allegedly showed Otto asking if he could perform sexual acts on the boys.
During Friday's hearing, Isaiah Furley claimed to have seen the video said it showed Otto trying to convince the boys to participate.
Furley said the video caught Otto saying, "'It doesn't make you gay, it makes me gay.'"
Detective Fawl Haber testified Friday that several friends of the teenagers told them they knew of the extortion plot or were participating in it. Additionally, he said Espinoza's parents knew about the plot.
In court documents, Otto claimed Gonzalez came at him with a knife when Otto refused to pay the teens' blackmail demands. Otto said he shot the boys and buried their bodies near his family farm in Sedgwick County and directed deputies to the graves where the bodies were recovered, the affidavit said.
Meanwhile, the defense argued there was no proof that the alleged blackmail video exists but that the boys came over with intent to commit a crime. Otto was defending himself, a defense attorney said.
"He didn't go get his gun until they had a knife -- in his own house two young men are coming at him with a knife," the attorney said.
A prosecutor argued the forensic evidence did not support a "make my day" defense. The report described wounds that indicated the gun was fired within inches of Gonzalez's head and also at close range to Espinosa-Gamboa.
The bodies of the teenagers were found on Aug. 11 in Sedgwick County. Otto told the court Friday that he arranged logs in the shape of a cross over the graves he dug.
In his decision to send the case to trial, Judge Thomas Ensor cited the evidence of "execution style" wounds and testimony that Otto had tried to destroy evidence in the case. An arraignment was set for Dec. 3.
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