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

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ASPEN, Colo. — After being chided in open court on Monday by two attorneys who are representing a couple accused of killing an Aspen socialite, the Pitkin County sheriff’s office confirmed it will no longer be releasing information about the investigation into the murder of an Aspen socialite.

At the Monday hearing, 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 — seems to be an argument that reports made by the media have included details about the case that the defense has not received.

Tina Fang, chief trial lawyer of the Glenwood Springs office of the public defender, is representing William Styler, and went so far as to accuse Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo of failing to run an objective investigation into Pfister’s murder. Fang’s accusations mentioned DiSalvo’s relationship with the victim, as the sheriff and Pfister were reportedly friends.

“I loved Nancy,” DiSalvo said at a March 3 press conference. “She was a good person.”

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 also appeared in court on 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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