Nancy Pfister Case: William & Nancy Styler Charged with Aspen Resident's Murder

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While she was going to be out of town, Aspen resident Nancy Pfister agreed to rent her home to a doctor and his wife who had moved to the area last fall.

The arrangement apparently did not unfold smoothly.

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Pfister, the daughter of a prominent ski resort developer, wrote on Facebook that her tenants would be kicked out within a month, according to the Aspen Daily News:

"The people that were supposedly taking care of my house are not doing what they said they would do ... and they're not paying rent and they haven't paid utilities."

A work force agency did indeed move the couple's possessions out of the residence on Feburary 22, when Pfister, 57, returned to Colorado from Australia.

Four days later, Pfister was found dead in the home.

A friend who came by the house found Pfister's body in an upstairs closet. This week, authorities arrested the doctor, William Styler III, 65, and his wife.

Both William and Nancy Christine Styler, 62, are being held on suspicion of Pfister's murder, stunning a close-knit resort community of fewer than 7,000.

Much about the investigation remains unknown.

Nancy Styler Photo

While it took days for the criminal case to take shape, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo and prosecutor Andrea Bryan remained silent on the details.

Yet the Stylers were under investigation from the start for Pfister's slaying, Sheriff DiSalvo said at a news conference after the couple's arrests Monday.

"We all felt it was crucial … to keep these people within our view," he said. "First-degree murders don't happen here too often, that's good," he said.

"When they do, we storm it, we throw everything we've got at it. Our work is far from over," he added, stressing it's his "highest priority" to ensure a fair prosecution.

During a brief court appearance Tuesday, the Stylers didn't enter a plea, pending the formal filing of charges. William Styler appeared in a wheelchair.

He told his wife, "I can't stand up for [the judge]."

A public defender, Sarah Steele, told the court that William Styler has "mental health issues that need to be taken care of," according to the Aspen Times.

The judge did not set bond, and scheduled the next court date for March 17 while the Stylers remain in the Pitkin County Jail until that appearance.

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