No theft charges for assistant in slaying of Aspen socialite Nancy Pfister

ASPEN, Colo. - A woman once accused in the death of a prominent Aspen resident won't be prosecuted for theft.

Prosecutors said William Styler killed 57-year-old Nancy Pfister on Feb. 24, striking her with a hammer while she slept.

Styler, his wife, Nancy Styler, and Pfister's personal assistant, Katherine Carpenter, had all been charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors dropped the charges against Nancy Styler and Carpenter, after William Styler told prosecutors he acted alone.

However, prosecutors said they were considering theft charges against Carpenter for allegedly taking $6,000 and two pieces of jewelry from Pfister's bank safety deposit box after finding her body in a closet.

On Tuesday, 9th Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia announced that her office wouldn't pursue theft charges against Carpenter. Carpenter's attorneys have said that she had permission to access the safety deposit box.

Pfister's killing was the first homicide in the resort town in 12 years, not counting murder-suicides.

Pfister's parents co-founded the Buttermilk ski area. Pfister had been renting her home to the Stylers while she was vacationing in Australia. She was killed shortly after she returned.

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