William Styler pleads guilty to murdering Aspen socialite Nancy Pfister with hammer

William Styler appears at a court hearing on March 17, 2014. He plead guilty to the murder of Aspen resident Nancy Pfister on June 20, 2014.

William Styler appears at a court hearing on March 17, 2014. He plead guilty to the murder of Aspen resident Nancy Pfister on June 20, 2014.

ASPEN, Colo. — Three days after all charges were dropped against one of three defendants for the murder of Aspen socialite Nancy Pfister, charges were dropped against another moments after the third plead guilty.

William Styler plead guilty on Friday to killing Pfister with a hammer while she slept, and said he acted alone. Immediately after entering the plea, he received a 20-year prison sentence and charges were dropped against Kathy Carpenter, who had previously been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Three days earlier, similar charges were dropped against Styler’s wife, Nancy Styler.

Nancy declined to comment, as did the daughter of Pfister, who was in attendance at the court proceeding on Friday.

Both Styler’s had been charged with first-degree murder in March. Carpenter discovered the body and was arrested 11 days after the Styler’s for her suspected involvement in the murder.

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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