Lawyers: Suspects in Aspen socialite murder frustrated by publicity

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ASPEN, Colo. -- A couple accused of murdering an Aspen socialite appeared in court on Monday, with their defense team filing motions that suggested the couple is frustrated with the sort of publicity the case is getting.

Lawyers for William Styler, 65, and his wife Nancy Styler, 62, argued that much of the information that has been reported in the media about the murder of 57-year-old Nancy Pfister has been leaked by law enforcement.

At the heart of the 12 motions filed by the Styler's attorneys -- both of whom are public defenders -- seemed to be an argument that reports made by the media have included more details about the case than they have been given by the deputy district attorneys offices in both Glenwood Springs and Aspen.

Both Styler's were formally charged with first-degree murder at their court appearance on Monday. The woman who discovered Pfister's body, Katherine Carpenter, was also arrested Friday -- 11 days after the Styler's -- for her suspected involvement in the murder. She was scheduled to appear in court later in the day Monday.

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.

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