The jury in the
Upper Deck murder case yesterday heard the details of a forensic autopsy
performed on Nicole Gland.
Gland was killed
behind the Upper Deck Lounge, formerly at 139 S. Calumet Road, Chesterton,
in the early hours of April 19, 2017 after her bartending shift ended.
Christopher Dillard, who was a bouncer at the bar, is on trial for the
murder and has pled not guilty.
Mary Ryan called Pathologist Dr. John Feczko as the Stateís first witness
yesterday afternoon. Feczko has 28 years of experience in pathology, has
performed more than 5,000 autopsies, and works for three companies that
perform autopsies for clients in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties.
Coroner Chuck Harris and multiple police officers were present at Glandís
autopsy to observe and take custody of evidence, Feczko said.
Feczko went through
a slideshow of 28 photos from the autopsy and explained what he learned
about Glandís death from each wound he documented. The majority of Glandís
wounds were to her head, neck, and face, with a few defensive blows to her
Feczko said he
documented 22 separate wounds: 21 caused by a sharp object and one by blunt
force. The severe blunt force trauma to Glandís head was the first blow
Feczko documented. That blow, he said, was the only blow inflicted
Glandís death a homicide by multiple stab wounds, three of which affected
major arteries and the right lung. He said Glandís wounds indicate the knife
used against her was not serrated and had a long, single-edged blade.
In February 2019,
Porter County Sheriffís Police Detective Brian Dziedsinski furnished Feczko
with a photo of the same type of knife that was discovered missing from a
kitchen knife block at the home Dillard shared with his then-girlfriend.
Feczko testified yesterday that knife could have caused Glandís wounds.
In a question
submitted to Judge Jeffrey Clymer, a juror asked if Feczko was able to
determine which knife wounds happened earlier or later in the attack. Feczko
said he was not.
Police collected a
number of items as a result of the autopsy, including fingernail clippings
from Gland, Glandís clothes, and a sexual assault analysis kit Feczko
completed prior to the autopsy, according to Feczko.
Police Detective Gerald Michalak, an ISP specialist in crime scene
investigation, testified he took possession of Glandís clothes, a necklace,
the sexual assault analysis kit, a hair that had been found on Gland, and
bone fragments retrieved for further analysis.
the bone fragments were sent to a forensic anthropologist. The sexual
assault analysis kit, DNA and fingerprint standards for Gland, and the hair
found on Gland were also subject to further testing, he said.
collected samples for a standard toxicology report. Glandís report came back
negative for alcohol and illicit drugs, according to Tina Wolter, an
employee at Great Lakes Laboratory.
Witnesses who can
attest to the results of Dillardís toxicology report have not yet testified,
though Chesterton Police Detective Nick Brown testified samples of Dillardís
blood and urine and a swab from inside his mouth were collected and sent for
additional testing. CPD Chief Dave Cincoski testified he hand-delivered the
blood and urine samples to the Department of Toxicology in Indianapolis the
week after the murder.