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William “Trey” Styler found dead

Aug 6, 2015

William "Trey" Styler in a mug shot following his arrest last year.

Updated (Thursday 8/06/2015 5:40pm): Convicted murderer William “Trey” Styler was found dead in his cell Thursday. Styler was serving a twenty year sentence for killing Aspen native Nancy Pfister. A press release from a public relations firm, sent out Thursday afternoon, announced Styler’s passing, saying the 67-year-old was found hung to death. The Colorado Department of Corrections later confirmed he had died.

  The press release was from the Denver firm Garson & Wright Public Relations, and included this statement from Styler’s wife, also named Nancy:  “Trey is now at peace after being tortured for such a long time.  He was a successful, brilliant doctor, incredible and loving husband and father, and a gentle man. I hope people will remember him for the man he once was before his physical and mental illness took over his life.”

Trey Styler was found guilty of second degree murder last summer, after confessing to acting alone in murdering Nancy Pfister in February 2014. Charges against Nancy Styler and longtime Aspen local Kathy Carpenter were then dropped. The Stylers were renting Pfister’s home when she was found dead. The three were embroiled in a financial dispute. During the case, the Stylers said they were in financial straits.

Thursday’s press release also said Ms. Styler has “just finished writing her book, 'Guilt By Matrimony,' that will tell the story of her and Trey Styler’s life, details of the first murder to rock Aspen in 20 years, and the theories on what really happened.” Leslie Garson, President of Garson & Wright, confirmed her firm is handling public relations for the book contract.

Earlier (Thursday 8/06/2015 4pm): 

 

   A press release sent out this afternoon (Thursday, August 6th) says William “Trey” Styler was found hung to death in his cell. A public relations firm has confirmed the announcement was made in part because of a book deal for Styler's wife, Nancy.

Styler was in prison for the death of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. He was 67 years old.

The press release, from the Denver firm Garson & Wright Public Relations, included this statement from Styler’s wife, also named Nancy:  “Trey is now at peace after being tortured for such a long time.  He was a successful, brilliant doctor, incredible and loving husband and father, and a gentle man. I hope people will remember him for the man he once was before his physical and mental illness took over his life.”

Today’s press release went on to say Ms. Styler has “just finished writing her book Guilt By Matrimony (November 17, 2015, BenBella Books) that will tell the story of her and Trey Styler’s life, details of the first murder to rock Aspen in 20 years, and the theories on what really happened.”  Leslie Garson, President of Garson & Wright, confirmed her firm is handling public relations for the book contract.

 

Earlier:  A press release sent out this afternoon says William “Trey” Styler was found hung to death in his cell. The 67-year-old was in prison for the death of Aspen local Nancy Pfister.

We will update this story as more details emerge.