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Judge in Colo. Philanthropist Murder Case Sets April 23 Hearing Date

iStock/Thinkstock(ASPEN, Colo.) -- Three people arrested in connection with the death of Aspen philanthropist Nancy Pfister will be back inside a Colorado courtroom later this month after a judge on Wednesday set an April 23 hearing date.

Judge Gail Nichols was set to hear motions Wednesday, but postponed the hearing after defense lawyers argued they needed more time to analyze evidence.

Pfister, 57, whose late parents co-founded the popular Buttermilk ski area west of Aspen, was found severely beaten in her mountain home on Feb. 26 after returning from an extended trip to Australia, authorities said.

Pfister's friend Katherine M. Carpenter was arrested last month and charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. William F. Styler III and his wife, Nancy Styler, have also been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

"We have almost a terabyte of discovery," said Tina Fang, the attorney for William Styler. "It's an incredible amount of information."

Styler, 65, was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair, followed by Carpenter and then his wife, Nancy, 62.

Each has hired their own lawyers and are being held in separate county jails.

It was Carpenter who made the 911 call around 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 to report finding Pfister's body in the upstairs master bedroom closet inside her home.

Pfister wrote in late January and in early February on Facebook that the Stylers, who rented the home for about three months, had not been paying rent or utilities and that she was seeking new tenants.

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