Judge dismisses William Styler’s $800,000 collection effort
A judge has dismissed convicted killer William Styler’s legal action to collect more than $800,000 from an attorney who had previously represented him in a civil matter.
On Thursday, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Denver mailed a notice of the dismissal to Styler’s address at the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, where he is serving a 20-year sentence for the murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister in February 2014.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Howard Tallman threw out Styler’s adversary action after Styler failed to appear for a conference call in December. Styler had missed conference calls Nov. 6 and Dec. 17, Lakewood attorney Philipp C. Theune noted in a motion to dismiss Styler’s complaint.
“(Styler) has not been in communication with the Court or with the Defendant or his counsel since December 18, 2013,” Theune wrote in the Dec. 31-dated motion.
Theune represented lawyer John Powell, who was counsel for Styler when he sued Colorado Anesthesia Consultants over a software dispute. Styler, 66, once an anesthesiologist on the Front Range, lost the suit but later sued Powell for overbilling him. A Denver court awarded Styler a default judgment of more than $800,000. But Powell filed for bankruptcy, which protected him from making good on the debt to Styler.
In December 2012, Styler filed an “adversary action” in Powell’s bankruptcy case to collect the debt, but his failure to participate led to the dismissal of his complaint.
On June 20, a Pitkin County District Court judge sentenced Styler to 20 years in state prison for his confession to the second-degree murder of Pfister at her West Buttermilk home. Pfister was 57 when Styler beat her to death with a hammer while she was sleeping.
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