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Battle Over Evidence Taking Place In Aspen Murder Case

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Defense attorneys are battling with prosecutors and authorities over evidence after prosecutors formally filed first-degree murder charges Monday against the suspects in the death of Aspen resident Nancy Pfister.

Attorneys representing William Styler III and Nancy Styler told Judge Gail Nichols their frustrations in trying to obtain information to assist their clients. The defense attorneys have filed a dozen motions, including some that could be addressed on Tuesday.

Nancy Pfister (credit: CBS)

Nancy Pfister (credit: CBS)

Authorities have limited access to the home where the slaying occurred at the end of February.

Over the weekend, authorities arrested a third suspect in Pfister’s death, 56-year-old Katherine Carpenter. She also faces murder and conspiracy charges and is being held without bond.

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

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

The Stylers 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. Carpenter worked at a local bank and handled Pfister’s affairs when she was frequently out of town.

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

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

Authorities so far haven’t said what the motive might have been in the murder.

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