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Aspen woman arrested in Nancy Pfister murder case

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March 15, 2014, 5:34 pm

Police on Friday arrested an Aspen woman in connection with the murder last month of longtime Aspen resident Nancy Pfister, bringing the total number of arrests in the case to three.

Kathy Carpenter

Kathy Carpenter

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday afternoon announced the arrest of 56-year-old Kathy Carpenter, apparently an Alpine Bank employee who had been helping Pfister rent out her West Buttermilk home while Pfister was traveling in Australia. Carpenter is also believed to be the woman who called police on Feb. 26 to report she’d found Pfister’s body in an upstairs closet.

Carpenter was arrested at her home in Aspen without incident and is facing charges of first degree murder, a class 1 felony, and conspiracy to commit first degree murder, a class 2 felony. Carpenter is being held without bond in the Pitkin County jail.

Carpenter’s arrest comes 11 days after the March 3 arrests of William F. Styler III, 65, and Nancy Christine Styler, 62,  who were renting Pfister’s home but had not been making payments, according to Pfister’s Facebook page on Jan. 24:

“I’m still in Australia and I’d like to stay in Australia but the people that were supposedly taking care of my house Are not doing what they said they would do and they’re not paying rent and they haven’t paid utilities, I put the rent very very low so they would take care of my dog a beautiful labradoodle named Gabe, if you have any ideas how to help me get someone in the house around February 22 it be great thank you!!!!”

The Stylers have been in the Pitkin County jail since their arrests, and all three suspects are separated within the jail facility, according to police.

Carpenter’s home in the Christiana Lodge was reportedly searched by police the day before the Stylers were arrested.

On Feb. 6, while still in Australia, Pfister mentioned Carpenter was helping her rent the West Buttermilk home:

“Kathy carpenter from alpine Bank will show anyone interested the ropes, watering greenhouse, Gabe’s stuff,etc. Very easy to contact me via email, thanks in advance!!! The rent is 4 thousand a month plus utilities which kathy picks up at the Alpine Bank and deposits for me. Its kathys birthday today if u know her, give her a shout out!!!”

Pfister reportedly returned to Aspen Feb. 22 and was found dead by Carpenter on Feb. 26.

According to a press release, the sheriff’s office will offer no further detail on Carpenter’s arrest:

“This case remains active and under investigation and investigators are still developing leads and interviewing witnesses.  As previously stated, preserving the integrity of this case for successful prosecution is paramount to this office. Therefore, there will be no further information released regarding this arrest.

“On Monday March 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in Pitkin County District Court William and  Nancy Styler will be formally charged. Kathy Carpenter will have also have an advisement at 3:00 p.m. the same day. There will be a press conference after the 3:00 p.m. court proceedings are concluded.”

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