William Otto charged Thursday in deaths of two teenage boys in alleged sex-video blackmail

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - The man accused of killing two teens who allegedly tried to blackmail him with a sex video was formally charged in court Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder, five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

William "Billy" Otto, 43, appeared in court wearing what appeared to be a suicide-prevention jumpsuit. He kept his head down as the judge advised him of the charges, according to 7NEWS reporters in the courtroom.

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

During the reading of the charges Thursday, Gonzalez's mother broke down in tears.

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 threaten to take it to police if the man didn't pay them.

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