Dillard, through his new counsel, Plymouth-based attorney Janette Elaine
Surrisi, filed a notice of appeal Monday.
A 12-person jury
deliberated for nearly 10 hours on Nov. 6, 2019 before it found Dillard
guilty of the April 19, 2017 murder of 23-year-old Nicole Gland, a bartender
at the former Upper Deck Lounge at 193 S. Calumet Road in Chesterton, where
Dillard worked as a bouncer.
Gland was found
slumped over in her vehicle behind the offices of the Chesterton Tribune
the morning of April 19, 2017. She had been stabbed more than 20 times in
the head, neck, and torso behind the bar after she closed.
The conviction came
in spite of an Indiana Appeals Court ruling that made the majority of a
taped confession captured by the Chesterton Police inadmissible at trial.
The Appeals Court ruled that Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski had
ignored Dillard’s requests for counsel starting 87 minutes into a nearly
11-hour interrogation, at the end of which Dillard made statements
including, “I destroyed my life,” and “I killed that girl.”
Court Judge Jeffrey Clymer handed Dillard 65 years, the maximum sentence for
murder in Indiana, at a Jan. 2 sentencing hearing.
According to the
filing, Dillard, 53, is now being held at the Indiana Department of
Correction’s Reception Diagnostic Center in Plainfield.