Judge OKs sealing of Nancy Styler records
A judge ruled Friday for the sealing of all court and police records related to Nancy Styler’s once-alleged involvement in the February murder of Nancy Pfister.
Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols’ order came after no parties contested Styler’s petition to seal her arrest and criminal records. A hearing on the matter, scheduled Friday, also was canceled because of the lack of objections.
Aspen attorney Beth Krulewitch filed the petition Nov. 3 in District Court. She argued for the sealing of all files pertaining to Styler in the death of Pfister because charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder were dropped June 17.
“In contrast to the adverse consequence to Ms. Styler, the public interest in retaining the public nature of the records is nonexistent,” argued Krulewitch, who could not be reached for comment Friday.
Styler’s husband, William, confessed to acting alone in the bludgeoning death of Pfister at her West Buttermilk Road home, resulting in the release of Nancy Styler and Katherine Carpenter, also originally suspected in the killing.
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The Styler couple moved to Aspen from the Front Range in early winter 2013, renting out Pfister’s home. Carpenter is a longtime resident of the Roaring Fork Valley.
Nancy Styler also told “20/20,” the ABC news-magazine show, that she had no role in the death of Pfister, 57.
Her petition says she is in the process of divorcing William Styler, who is serving a 20-year prison term for second-degree murder, “and is trying to put the pieces of her broken life back together.”
Agencies that can no longer release Nancy Styler’s arrest records in the case include the Aspen Police Department, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the State Court Administrator.
Krulewitch contended that the murder charge appeared in background checks for Nancy Styler, 63, when she applied for automobile insurance, apartment rentals and jobs.
“The information in these background checks, in addition to (being) demonstrably false, also present huge obstacles to her ability to get back on her feet again,” the petition said.
Even with the records sealed, a Google search of “Nancy Styler” netted more than 18,000 results Friday, with hundreds of references to the Pfister slaying.
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