Suspect in murder of 2 Adams County teens to appear in court

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — William Otto, the man arrested after telling detectives he killed two missing teens and then took investigators to their bodies, will be formerly charged Thursday.

The 43-year-old will appear at the Adams County Court at 8:30 a.m.

Otto is accused of shooting two male teens Saturday after they attempted to blackmail him with cell phone video of Otto touching them inappropriately and asking for sex acts, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Otto told police when the teens, ages 15 and 16, allegedly confronted him at his home, he refused to give them $10,000 each in exchange for not reporting his solicitation. One of the boys “grabbed a knife” from his kitchen, prompting Otto to shoot them both with a .22-caliber handgun, he said.

“(Otto) fired his gun he believed four times,” the affidavit reads. “The second boy called out for his mother and fell limp.”

Otto then wrapped their bodies in carpet and buried them south of Highway 138 near Cottonwood Creek on Colorado’s eastern plains, according to the affidavit.

The victims reportedly told a friend about their plans to blackmail Otto, who was known for letting neighborhood teens hang around his home and drink beer, the affidavit states. The friend got nervous when the two victims disappeared over the weekend. Later, he told police, he saw Otto leaving home with a brand new gas can, a shovel and a rake.

The boys’ friend described Otto’s demeanor as “kind of scary.”

Eventually, Otto told a co-worker at Harlan Bakeries about what had happened. The co-worker drove him to a police station, where he spoke to detectives and eventually helped them locate the teens’ bodies.

“William Otto supplied detectives with directions to locate where he had buried the bodies,” a police press release said.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area Otto told them about and found a burial site.

“Detectives exhumed two male bodies from the location, where Adams County Coroner’s Office personnel took possession of the bodies,” investigators said.