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Nancy Pfister: Charges dropped against Nancy Styler in Aspen socialite's murder

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Nancy Pfister's Google Plus pic. More photos plus videos below.
A few months back, we told you about the murder of Aspen socialite Nancy Pfister and the shocking arrests of William and Nancy Styler, an ex-doctor and his wife in their sixties who were renting Pfister's home.

Now, all charges have been dropped against Nancy Styler -- but thus far, prosecutors aren't saying why.

As we've reported, Pfister's parents co-founded the Buttermilk ski area, and she's long been a part of the Aspen social scene. Indeed, the U.K. Daily Mail reports that she was briefly engaged to marry the actor Michael Douglas.

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Nancy Pfister in a cropped photo from her Facebook page dated November 2013.
In recent years, Pfister has been best known for her philanthropic efforts, and she traveled widely. However, she reportedly had to cut short a trip to Australia earlier this year because of problems with the Stylers. Here's the screen capture of a Facebook post alluding to the situation:

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The Kathy Carpenter mentioned in the note had been hired by Pfister over the years to rent the home where the Stylers had been staying, according to the Aspen Times.

Carpenter, an employee of Alpine Bank in Aspen, is also the person who found Pfister on February 26 and called authorities; she'd been bludgeoned to death and her body left in a closet. But while all of the investigative attention early on seemed to be directed toward the Stylers, Carpenter was being eyed for complicity, too.

The Times notes that Carpenter's Subaru was seized by law enforcers along with the Stylers' Jaguar -- and a week-plus after authorities cuffed the Stylers, Carpenter was arrested, too.

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A portrait of Wililam and Nancy Styler.
Arrest affidavits against the Stylers and Carpenter are still sealed at this writing, but it appears the Stylers were in financial difficulties despite William's twenty years as a prominent anesthesiologist; he practiced in Denver between 1981 and 2001. The Times documents a legal struggle with an attorney that ended with William ordered to pay $610,000 -- a burden that apparently had him on the brink of suicide last year.

Of course, Aspen is hardly a place that's easily accessible to those who are financially destitute -- and Pfister's home, where the Stylers moved last November, is said to have rented for $4,000 a month.

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Another photo of Nancy Pfister, from her Facebook page.
In addition, CBS4 reports that Pfister and the Stylers may have planned to go into business together in Aspen before a falling out.

Search warrants made public last week seemed to spell more bad news for the Stylers; the Aspen Daily News reports that investigators recovered what they believe to be the murder weapon from near a hotel room where the Stylers were staying and blood was found in their car.

But yesterday brought a surprising reversal.

Continue for more about the latest developments in the Nancy Pfister case, including additional photos and two videos.


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7 comments
miklinseo
miklinseo

Greenwood Elementary used to take their students to the Styler's house to see the giant lily pads in their pond. Nice going.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

The words prosecutorial misconduct come to mind.

donelson
donelson

Miklinseo,

Remember innocent until proven guilty? Nice going!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... arrest first, collect facts later.



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