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Defense In Aspen Socialite Murder Case ‘Overwhelmed’ By National Attention

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ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Three suspects in the murder of an Aspen socialite were back in court on Wednesday as attorneys fight over releasing documents in the case.

Nancy Pfister was found dead in her home in Aspen on Feb. 26. The 57-year-old’s family was well known in Aspen and helped develop Buttermilk Mountain.

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

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

In court on Wednesday the defense said they continue to worry about the ongoing harassment of potential witnesses in the case by the national tabloids. They also voiced concerns about finding a jury pool because of the national attention.

A couple who rented Pfister’s home while she was in Australia, William and Nancy Styler, have been charged in her death. Katherine Carpenter has also been charged.

William and Nancy Styler immediately smiled at each other when they walked into court on Wednesday, but were quiet for most of the proceedings. Carpenter was seen laughing and seemed to be really animated during the entire court proceeding.

The arrest warrants made available to the public Wednesday afternoon suggest that the three suspects conspired and carried out the murder by brutally beating Pfister in her home.

The prosecution and the defense continue to battle over the unsealing of other documents in the case.

The defense said it anticipates an antagonistic relationship between the Stylers and Carpenter and may be filing for separate hearings in the future of the case.

The preliminary hearing has been set for the week of June 9 and it’s expected to last the entire week.

The defense says the Stylers are anxious to have their day in court to tell their story and that they have been frustrated that it’s not been heard.

The defense also says they have been overwhelmed by the interest in Pfister’s murder.

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