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Man who killed prominent Aspen woman is found dead in jail cell; suicide suspected


ASPEN, Colorado — A former Denver anesthesiologist who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of a prominent Aspen woman has been found dead in his jail cell.

The Aspen Times reports (http://goo.gl/uX548K ) 67-year-old William Styler was found dead at the Arrowhead Correctional Center in Canon City on Thursday morning. Fremont County Coroner Randy Keller says the death "most likely was self-inflicted."

Prosecutors say Styler killed 57-year-old Nancy Pfister on Feb. 24, 2014, striking her with a hammer while she slept. Pfister's parents co-founded the Buttermilk ski area.

Pfister had rented her home to Styler and his wife while she vacationed in Australia. She was killed shortly after she returned to Aspen.

Prosecutors suggested that the motive may have been a financial dispute.

Styler was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/

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