The jury heard from
two witnesses on Monday who were in the area behind the Upper Deck Lounge in
Chesterton in the early hours of April 19, 2017, the night Nicole Gland was
murdered behind the bar--one witness said she was woken up by screams.
stands accused of killing Gland on that date after she finished her shift as
a bartender at the former Upper Deck Lounge, 139 S. Calumet Road,
Chesterton. Gland was found slumped over in her vehicle, which had come to
rest against a dumpster, behind the offices of the Chesterton Tribune
at approximately 9 a.m. that morning. Security footage shows she left the
bar at approximately 2:52 a.m.
Betty Kennoy, who
lived in an apartment in the building beside Upper Deck at the time,
testified on Monday that she was woken up by “screaming and yowling” from
two voices, one male and one female, in the early hours of April 19. She
said she first heard the woman’s voice, screaming, through her closed
bedroom window. This happened at 2:33 a.m. according to her beside clock,
When Chief Deputy
Prosecutor Armando Salinas asked Kennoy to describe the screaming she heard,
Kennoy became visibly distraught and struggled to answer. Instead of
describing the kind of scream she heard, she imitated it loudly, which
startled some in the audience and jury.
through sobbing, that she didn’t call police and fell back asleep after she
heard the screams. “That noise was so bad,” she said. Several times during
her testimony, Kennoy said, softly and through tears, that she wished she
had done something.
Kennoy said she had
to let her dog out about an hour after she heard the screams, which is when
she noticed the silver SUV in which Gland’s body would later be found
pressed up against a dumpster--she did not approach it.
A juror, in a
question submitted to Judge Jeffrey Clymer, asked Kennoy if she had ever
before heard similar screams in her seven years of living in that apartment.
Though she told the defense in a follow-up question that she had heard
screaming and fighting before, she answered, “None like that.”
Later Monday, Amber
Bigman testified that she was a carrier for the Northwest Indiana Times
in 2017, and delivered the morning papers to the back entrance of the
Chesterton Tribune at approximately 3:45 a.m. on April 19. There, she
said she saw a silver SUV against a dumpster, but she didn’t think to call
There were no
lights on in the car, and it wasn’t running, Bigman said. She said she
couldn’t clearly see if there was a person in the vehicle, though it looked
like there was something or someone slumped over.
Bigman said she
didn’t think to call police because she thought it was “someone who got a
little too drunk and was sleeping it off.”
examination, Brown asked how Bigman estimated the time she arrived at the
Chesterton Tribune. She said it was correct to say she estimated the
time by how long it took her to travel between the distribution center where
she picked up the papers and her stops.