Couple being kept apart in jail

by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
The couple accused of killing Aspen resident Nancy Pfister are being separated from each other while in custody, Pitkin County Jail Administrator Don Bird said Thursday.

The segregation of William Styler III, 65, and Nancy Christine Styler, 62, from one another is standard operating procedure for all co-defendants in a crime, Bird said.

Each are expected to be charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in Pfister’s death.

Arrested Monday, the Stylers have been held in jail without bond.

William Styler was being held Thursday in the facility’s lone isolation unit, the result of jail deputies wanting to observe him because of physical and mental illness concerns.

Those issues came to light Tuesday when William Styler was brought into an Aspen courtroom in a wheelchair for his first court appearance. During the brief hearing, the attorney representing him, public defender Sara Steele, said William Styler had “mental health issues that need to be taken care of.”

Given both the physical and mental issues, jail deputies are monitoring him on a “24-7 basis,” Bird said.

Nancy Styler has the jail’s women section to herself, with access to the facility’s multi-purpose room. Two other female inmates are sharing a nearby dorm-style room.

The Stylers have not complained about the arrangement, Bird said.

“I think they understand,” he said.

Neither had had visitors as of Thursday evening.

Bird said jail staff are recording notes and observing both of them as they would with any new inmates.

“We’re keeping logs on [William Styler’s health], and we’re keeping logs on her just because she’s new,” Bird said.