Defendants face new charges in Nancy Pfister murder case

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ASPEN, Colo. -- New charges were filed against the three defendants accused of murdering socialite Nancy Pfister earlier this month.

Prosecutors filed new felony counts against 65-year-old William Styler, his wife, 62-year-old Nancy Styler, and Aspen resident Katherine Carpenter, 56, earlier in May, but the charges were just revealed by an Aspen judge Friday, according to the Aspen Daily News.

In addition to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the three defendants now also face accessory after the fact charges, said District Attorney Sherry Caloia.

Caloia explained that this means the Stylers and/or Carpenter assisted each other in covering up the murder, helping the culprits get away or both.

Before she was found dead, Pfister wrote on Facebook that the Styler’s, who had previously lived in Castle Rock, were no longer paying rent and utilities at the Aspen home they were renting from her.

Pfister was away on an extended trip to Australia when she wrote the Facebook post. She was found dead in her home on February 26, shortly after returning to the U.S.

Carpenter found Pfister's body and made the 911 call.

The new charges were filed on May 7 by Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan, reported the Aspen paper.

Caloia said the charges came about "because, as evidence is coming in and we're evaluating the case, we're seeing that (accessory account) is something that should be added."

Judge Gail Nichols of Pitkin County District Court sealed details about the murder case on March 3 based on requests from Caloia's office, reported the Aspen Daily News. However, both media and prosecution have filed motions to  have the details released because they say the public should have access to arrest affidavits that lists police's allegations regarding the three suspects.

The next scheduled court date for the Stylers and Carpenter is June 9. This is a preliminary hearing, during which the judge will decide if there is enough evidence to bind them over for trial. At that time, Nichols will also determine if the three will be eligible for bond.

LINK: Lawyers: Suspects in Aspen socialite murder frustrated by publicity

LINK: Pitkin Co. Sheriff: No more info on socialite murder after chiding from defense


  • Edward C. Stengel

    I’ve got a feeling there’s more than murder here. I think the banker-girlfriend, Kathy Carpenter, got into Nancy Pfister’s bank accounts and relieved them of some money. I still have my doubts that the doctor and his wife had anything to do with the actual murder, although they may have known about it and concealed it.

  • paul storer

    money money money,the stylers had nothing to gain ,ahh but kathy thats right worked in the bank that nancy used for her wealth,maybe used them as an alibi ,tming was right blame them,wouldnt be suprised if she payed a hitman with nancys money,id also look into the trustees ,as a personal friend from aust.she talked about one of the lawyers not doing there job ,just before she left my place on the 22nd feb, poor nancy hope it was quick and painless RIP nancy

  • Robert Chase

    “Caloia explained that this means the Stylers and/or Carpenter assisted each other in covering up the murder, … Pfister wrote on Facebook that the Styler’s [sic] … were no longer paying rent and utilities …” — right the first time, but not the second; apostrophes indicate possession or the traditional elision of letters in contracted words.

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