Jun 18, 2014 6:05 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Charges dropped against woman in Aspen murder case

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped charges against one of three people arrested in the murder of a prominent Aspen woman, citing new evidence that came to light late last week.

Prosecutor Andrea Bryan declined to discuss what led to Tuesday's dismissal of charges against 62-year-old Nancy Styler in the death of 57-year-old Nancy Pfister. District Attorney Sherry Caloia says her office "could not prove that Ms. Styler was involved in the crimes."

Authorities arrested Styler and her husband, 66-year-old William Styler, on March 3. They were charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory after the fact. Fifty-six-year-old Katherine Carpenter, of Aspen, was arrested March 14 and faces the same charges.

Pfister, whose parents co-founded the Buttermilk ski area, was found bludgeoned to death in her home Feb. 26.


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