Adams County man pleads not guilty in deaths of two teenagers

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BRIGHTON — A man accused of killing two teenage boys and burying their bodies in Sedgwick County pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Adams County Court to first-degree murder and a handful of other charges related to the deaths.

William Dean Otto, 43, is slated to stand trial April 28, 2014, following the preliminary hearing related to the August deaths of Gustavo “Danny” Espinosa-Gamboa, 16, and Jonathan Gonzalez, 15.


Otto was arrested by Adams County deputies on Aug. 11 on suspicion of shooting and killing the teenagers Aug. 9. The arrest affidavit stated Otto claimed the teenagers tried to attack him with a butcher knife in his home on the 8200 block of High Street in unincorporated Adams County, near Thornton.

The alleged attack was — as Otto claimed — a blackmail attempt, in which Espinosa-Gamboa and Gonzalez had asked Otto for $10,000 each to keep secret a video purported taken on a cell phone of Otto soliciting sex from one of the boys.

Following the alleged attack, Otto told investigators that he took the bodies to an area near a family farm in Sedgwick County and buried them. Autopsy reports revealed that Espinosa-Gamboa was shot four times, while Gonazlez was shot once in the head.

In addition to two counts of first-degree murder, Otto is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and tampering with physical evidence.

Otto is currently being held without bond. Prior to this case, Otto only had a few traffic citations on his Colorado criminal record.


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