Murder trial of William Otto begins Monday morning for deaths of two teenagers

BRIGHTON, Colo. - Jury selection Monday morning has opened the trial of William Otto, who is accused of killing two teenagers and burying their bodies near his family farm.

Otto pleaded not guilty in Adams County Court in December. He faces charges of first-degree murder, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of tampering with evidence.

Otto confessed to shooting and killing 16-year-old Gustavo "Danny" Espinosa-Gamboa and 15-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez in his Adams County home, according to the arrest affidavit obtained by 7NEWS.

In the court documents, Otto claimed Gonzalez came at him with a knife when Otto refused to pay the teens $20,000. Otto said he buried the boys' bodies near his family farm in Sedgwick County and directed deputies to the graves where the bodies were recovered, the affidavit said.

A friend of the boys told 7NEWS, the teenage boys liked to hang out at Otto's house near Thornton, where they would watch TV and drink beer.

The friend said Gonzalez and Espinosa-Gamboa planned to shake down Otto for money over a video. Friends who saw the video said it showed Otto asking if he could perform oral sex on Espinosa-Gamboa and inappropriately touching the teen.

Friends say the teens planned to confront Otto with the video and threatened to take it to police if the man didn't pay them.

The Adams County Court Docket shows the trial is scheduled through at least May 23.

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