Another man who was
confined with Christopher Dillard at the Porter County Jail testified Friday
that Dillard described himself going on a drug binge and seeking sexual
favors from Nicole Gland the night she was murdered.
Steven Myers, a
current inmate, testified that he was Dillard’s booking cell mateÑshortly
after arrest in April 2017, they were placed in the same two-person cell for
an observation period of between 24 and 72 hours. Myers said he recalled
being in that cell with Dillard for between 12 and 24 hours. Myers had been
arrested on marijuana related charges that day, he said.
Myers said he
started talking to Dillard at a mealtime when Dillard offered Myers his
food. Myers said Dillard told him the last few days had “been a wild and
crazy ride,” and then started “telling me his life story pretty much.”
Dillard has pled
not guilty to the murder of Nicole Gland, who was killed behind the Upper
Deck Lounge, formerly 139 S. Calumet Road in Chesterton, after she closed
the bar in the early hours of April 19, 2017. Gland had been a bartender
there, and Dillard a bouncer.
Dillard told him that a few days of “running with a wild crowd” doing
cocaine and Vicodin and drinking Fireball whiskey had led to him trying to
sell cocaine to a bartender at Upper Deck and asking for sexual favors in
Dillard told Myers
he was doing lines with the bartender in his truck behind the bar when he
asked for sexual favors in return for the drugs and started groping her.
“Next thing he knows, she got out of the truck, he got out of the truck, and
he killed her,” Myers said.
Myers said Dillard
told him he followed Gland from his truck as she tried to get to her vehicle
and “said he wasn’t taking no for an answer” when he had already given her
the drugs. According to earlier testimony, a toxicology report found no
illicit drugs or alcohol in Gland’s system.
asked if Dillard had described how Gland was killed. Myers said, “He said he
stabbed her with a butcher knife.”
After that, Myers
said Dillard told him he went home and got into a fight with his girlfriend.
The fight had to do with a knife that had been missing from the kitchen
knife block at their shared home being cleaned and appearing back in its
spot, according to Myers.
Myers said he was
contacted by Porter County Sheriff’s Police Captain Jeff Biggs via telephone
in February 2019 to ask about his interactions with Dillard. At the time
Myers wasn’t incarcerated, but had a pending revocation of probation out of
Lake County. Myers also testified he asked Deputy Prosecutors Armando
Salinas and Mary Ryan for help by them potentially putting in a good word
for him in relation to his open cases, helping him enter rehab, or having
his record expunged.
attorney Russel W. Brown asked Myers if he was only in court Friday in hopes
of getting out of jail. Myers said he was not, and he was interested in
Brown raised his
voice with Myers louder than he has with any other witness. Myers offered
that he is trying to get his act together and is hoping for help in whatever
form he can get.
why Dillard would tell his life story to a stranger, as Myers said he had.
“Because you’re just a like-able guy, people want to tell you their deepest
secrets?”, Brown asked. Myers responded, “That’s jail life.”
Myers said he
didn’t know Dillard had been accused of a murder at the Upper Deck Lounge
and that he hadn’t seen the case on the news before meeting Dillard. “I
didn’t know if the man was BSing or if he was being truthful,” Myers added.