A hearing to
determine whether Christopher Dillard, who stands accused of the April 2017
murder of Upper Deck Lounge bartender Nicole Gland, will be granted a change
of venue for trial has been continued a second time.
The hearing, which
will be before Porter Superior Court Judge Clymer, was first scheduled for
Feb. 15, then rescheduled for today, March 7. The hearing has now been
continued and rescheduled for 2 p.m. on April 12.
attorney Bob Harper is expected to argue that a change of venue for
Dillardís trial is in order because pre-trial media coverage of the case
will make finding an impartial jury in Porter County difficult. To that
effect, Harper subpoenaed copies of the Chesterton Tribuneís coverage
of the case to date. The Tribune obliged that request.
Harper told the
Chesterton Tribune he requested a second continuance for more time to
gather information and get witnesses lined up. Harper said the Prosecutorís
Office didnít oppose the continuance.