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Dillard files notice of appeal

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Christopher 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.”

Porter Superior 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.


Posted 1/30/2020




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