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Lawsuit surrounding Pfister death contains untruths

Feb 9, 2016
CBS Denver

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the daughter of murder victim Nancy Pfister contains false information... about the circumstances of the prominent Aspen resident’s death. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The lawsuit targets Nancy Masson-Styler and alleges that she had a role in Pfister’s death in 2014. Masson-Styler’s husband confessed to killing Pfister with a hammer to the skull. Trey Styler committed suicide in prison last year.

Carolyn Sackariason / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County District Court Judge Gail Nichols is having a big week. She turned 65 on Monday and she's retiring from the bench on Friday. 

Valley Roundup 8-14-15

Aug 14, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News, Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

  The number of hikers in a certain area in the Glenwood Canyon has officials grappling with how to handle the growing crowds and their impacts in the backcountry.

William “Trey” Styler found dead

Aug 6, 2015

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.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

Aspen lost another longtime local in avalanche. And this week marks the first anniversary of the murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister.

Municipal elections are coming up in Glenwood Springs and Aspen. This year, it’s all mail-in. But in Aspen, you can still vote in a traditional way at two polling places.

Meanwhile, Aspen City Council is countering a citizen ballot measure on development limitations. Will it just confuse voters more?

NBC News

An investigative report by NBC about the Nancy Pfister case will air tonight, Friday October 10th, at 7pm Mountain Time. The two hour long Dateline special includes unusual interviews with former defendants Kathy Carpenter and Nancy Styler. Network reporter Keith Morrison says the characters in the case made it worth an extended look at what happened before and after Nancy Pfister died earlier this year. 

Mountain Edition - July 24th, 2014

Jul 24, 2014

Good afternoon, and welcome to Mountain Edition.

You’ve probably noticed we’re in our summer pledge drive this week… so today we’re bringing you an update on the latest local news.

Like efforts to restrict drilling on the Thompson Divide… lots of business in the valley this summer... and what we know now about theories on who may have been involved in Nancy Pfister’s death.

Then we’ll hear some of our favorite stories over the last several months… One man says he’s the only Ute tribal member who lives in the Roaring Fork Valley.

And, we chat with a local rabbi considered one of the most inspiring in the country.

We’ll hear about one of the tough issues in the Roaring Fork Valley. Heroin overdoses have claimed several lives this year.

As for the pledge drive, thanks if you’ve already made a gift or renewed your membership. If not...it’s time.

Because nearly half of Aspen Public Radio’s funding comes from listeners like you. Please consider making a pledge, at whatever amount is comfortable.

Call us at 920- 9000 during regular business hours, or give anytime on the interwebs, that’s aspen public radio dot org.

We’ve got lots of good stories for you during this special pledge drive edition of Mountain Edition... starting now.

Elise Thatcher

 

Judge Gail Nichols, in Aspen, has released some of the details in why law enforcement originally arrested three people this spring in the death of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. One of the three, William "Trey" Styler, confessed last month to murdering her in February. But questions continue about why Styler's wife, and a long time local, were also held for months without bail on murder charges. 

Elise Thatcher

Court appointed lawyers for Kathy Carpenter strongly believe she is innocent in the case of Nancy Pfister’s death. On Friday, June 20th, attorneys Greg Greer and Kathleen Lord held an unusual meeting with reporters. Greer said, “in thirty two years, I have not had a case like this.” You can hear audio of the meeting here.

Elise Thatcher

Last Friday saw a strange turn in the case of what happened to Aspen native Nancy Pfister. One of the three defendants pled guilty in court and was sentenced.  Murder charges were dropped against the third and last defendant, but she wasn’t completely cleared, and attorneys raised questions about what they say were major mistakes in the investigation. 

Valley Roundup - June 20th, 2014

Jun 20, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.  

There is a guilty plea today from William Styler in the murder of Aspen local Nancy Pfister.  He will be sentenced to 20 years.  Also all charges were dropped against Kathy Carpenter. We’ll hear the details from our Elise Thatcher.

Also joining us today are Carolyn Sackariason from the Aspen Daily News, Michael Miracle from Aspen Sojourner magazine and  Andy Stone from the Aspen Times. 

We’ll talk about the new real estate magnate in Aspen.  His name is Mark Hunt and he gave an exclusive interview to the Aspen Daily News this week.  Carolyn tells us about it.

Also the Pitkin County Commission responds to the big wedding and

On the Download we learn why Facebook has lost the hip.  Teens are exiting in large numbers.

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Elise Thatcher

 

A judge sentenced William "Trey" Styler today to 20 years in prison for 2nd degree murder in the case of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. Styler plead guilty, saying it was crime of passion, and that accepted responsibility for Pfister's death. 

Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

All charges have been dropped for Kathy Carpenter. But, the investigation into her possible involvement in the death of Nancy Pfister continues. Carpenter's attorneys plan to show what they call “false information” was used in her arrest.

Elise Thatcher

BREAKING: William Styler pleads guilty in Pitkin County to 2nd degree murder in the Nancy Pfister case.

He's expected to serve 20 years in prison.

Details are expected soon.

Mountain Edition - June 19th, 2014

Jun 19, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

There were surprising new developments this week in an Aspen murder case. We’ll have the latest.

The Pitkin County Commissioners approve a stop-gap measure to prevent mega events in environmentally sensitive areas. A huge wedding on the back of Aspen mountain prompted the move.

In Aspen Governor Hickenlooper apologizes to law enforcement for mistakes made with the state’s new gun laws.

Several sheriffs in Aspen for a conference are concerned about legal marijuana.

And, employers are figuring out pot and drug policies for workers.

Finally, we check in with newly insured locals who purchased health insurance plans through the state exchange.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

There have been major developments in the Nancy Pfister case this week. First the District Attorney’s office decided to drop charges against one of three murder defendants. Now, it’s considering doing the same for another defendant, who’s scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.

Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

Several charges have been dropped in the case against defendant Nancy Styler. Styler is one of three charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder against Aspen native Nancy Pfister.  Pitkin County Judge Gail Nichols ordered Styler's charges be dropped on Tuesday, June 17th, after the 9th Judicial District Attorney's office filed a motion the same day, saying the DA's office believes "there is insufficient evidence to prove the defedent's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and the [DA's office] do not believe there is a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits at trial."

Murder Charges Dropped Against One Defendant

Jun 17, 2014
Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

  A charge of murder has been dropped against one of three defendants in the murder of long-time Aspen local Nancy Pfister.  Pitkin County Judge Gail Nichols today (6-17-2014) dismissed the murder charge against Nancy Styler .  Mrs. Styler will also be moved back to the Pitkin County jail from Eagle where she has been incarcerated without bond. There she will be processed and then released. Three members of the Pfister family were included in the hearing this afternoon when the charges were dismissed.

A judge in Aspen has released hundreds of pages of court documents in the Nancy Pfister murder case.

Three people are charged with her homicide and are scheduled to appear in court later this month. The case has been mostly sealed until now. 

Mountain Edition - June 12th, 2014

Jun 12, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

A judge has released hundreds of pages of court documents in the Nancy Pfister case. We’ll have a quick review.

The sheriffs are in town-- for a statewide conference. This is a chance for Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo to show off his work in Aspen.

Officials and local representatives are tackling how to get faster internet access in rural areas.

Aspen wants to get more people to build hotel rooms...

And, Garfield County may have to help pay for some improvements near Glenwood’s Grand Avenue Bridge.

An Aspen nonprofit is heralding the cancelation of a mega dam project in Chile.

And a hydropower plant in southwest Colorado is now officially up and running… we’ll hear what that means for the Aspen.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

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