Charges dropped against woman in murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister

ASPEN, Colo. - The charges were dropped Tuesday against Nancy Styler in the murder case involving Aspen native Nancy Pfister.

Pfister, 57, was found bludgeoned to death in her bedroom closet on Feb. 26. The Pitkin County Coroner's office stated that she had likely been dead for 24 to 48 hours when her death was reported.

The District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that it had received additional evidence in the case, which led to the filing for dismissal of charges against Nancy Styler. Her husband, William Styler, 66, and Katherine Carpenter, 56, remain charged with Pfister's murder.

The Stylers rented the Buttermilk home of Pfister while she was in Australia. Carpenter, a local bank teller, had served as a personal assistant to Pfister in recent years and helped her to rent out the home. But Pfister posted on her Facebook page that her tenants were behind in their payments. She was killed a few days after her return from an extended trip.

The District Attorney said with the new information received and a lack of other evidence refuting the new information, it could not be proven that Nancy Styler was involved in the crimes.

Nancy and William Styler were arrested on March 3. Both have been held in separate jails, without bond, since their arrests on first-degree murder charges. Carpenter has also been held without bond on the same charges.

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