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Charges Filed Against Couple In Aspen Killing

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ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4/AP) — Prosecutors filed charges Monday against three people arrested in the killing of a prominent Aspen woman.

Nancy Styler, William Styler III (credit: Pitkin County Sheriff)

Nancy Styler, William Styler III (credit: Pitkin County Sheriff)

William F. Styler III, 65, and Nancy Christine Styler, 62, were arrested in connection with the death of 57-year-old Nancy Pfister earlier this month and appeared in the court Monday morning. Over the weekend, authorities arrested a third suspect in her death — 56-year-old Katherine Carpenter. She appeared in court Monday afternoon.

Nancy Pfister (credit: CBS)

Nancy Pfister (credit: CBS)

Carpenter had been a caretaker of Pfisters and, according to newspaper reports, handled the Pfister household when Nancy was out of town and even took care of her dog. She is allegedly the person who called 911 when Pfister’s body was discovered.

Katherine Carpenter outside of court on Monday (credit: CBS)

Katherine Carpenter outside of court on Monday (credit: CBS)

Pfister was the daughter of the late Betty and Art Pfister, longtime prominent Aspen residents who co-founded the Buttermilk ski area west of town.

The Stylers, once prominent in the Denver area, rented Pfister’s home until she returned home from traveling in Australia last month. Carpenter called police to report finding Pfister’s body in a closet in the home on Feb. 26.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says they won’t release any more information because the investigation is still ongoing.

The Stylers will be back in court on Tuesday. At the hearing Monday they accused the sheriff of releasing too much information to the public. The judge disagreed.

The district attorney said her office and the sheriff’s office are taking the case very seriously because it matters so much to the community.

All three suspects are being held without bond.

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