The accused slayer
of Nicole Gland was employed as a bouncer at the Upper Deck and is believed
to have been laying in wait for the bartender--possibly in her own vehicle,
parked behind the tavern on Lois Lane--when she left work early Wednesday
slayer’s name: Christopher Mark Dillard.
Dillard, 50, of
Hobart, was detained for questioning, with the assistance of the Hobart
Police Department, on Wednesday evening at an unspecified location in
He was arrested by
the Chesterton Police Department at 12:38 p.m. Thursday and booked into the
Porter County Jail at 2:16 p.m. on charges of murder and robbery.
Gland’s body was
found in her silver Ford SUV at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday by a Chesterton
Tribune employee arriving at work. She was slumped over in the front
seat of her vehicle, which had come to rest against a dumpster and an old
sofa located behind the Tribune building on Lois Lane.
The findings of a
forensic autopsy conducted early Thursday morning, according to Porter
County Coroner Chuck Harris: Gland bled to death after being stabbed 24
times in the torso, neck, and head.
The break in the
case came only hours after Gland’s body was found, CPD Chief Dave Cincoski
said, when Dillard’s live-in girlfriend, learning of the murder, found a
knife missing from the butcher block and contacted authorities.
Investigators--including detectives from multiple law enforcement agencies
seconded to the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force--subsequently
learned this: Dillard was not on duty at the Upper Deck on the night Gland
was working but did visit the tavern at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, at which time he
had contact with Gland, Cincoski said. He then left the Upper Deck and is
reported to have been drinking at another Chesterton tavern.
Cincoski said, Dillard has been unable to account for his movements and
whereabouts in the early morning hours of Wednesday, as he’d been “bingeing”
on cocaine, possibly also marijuana, and was in a “self-reported drug haze,”
confirmed by his girlfriend. Investigators have determined, however, that at
7 a.m. Wednesday--still two hours before Gland’s body was
discovered--Dillard was at an unspecified casino in Gary, Cincoski said.
Investigators are pursing that lead with the assistance of the Indiana
On closing the
Upper Deck for the night, around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Gland exited the building
by the back door and got into her SUV. At this point, Cincoski said,
investigators are unable to say with certainty whether her attacker was
already in the SUV--parked on Lois Lane in a striped parking space--or
whether he surprised Gland outside of it, but they do believe he was waiting
for Gland, to rob her.
“occurred when the vehicle was in Drive,” Cincoski said, either as Gland was
pulling out of the space to go home or as she was attempting to flee her
attacker. “The vehicle was moved from its original location,” and eventually
came to rest against the dumpster and sofa behind the Tribune
Gland’s vehicle: “personal effects and other property” which Cincoski
declined to specify.
currently working to locate those items as well as the murder weapon,
occasionally worked as a scrapper, Cincoski said--has no violent criminal
that the investigation is still ongoing, as detectives seek to back-trace
Dillard’s movements late on Tuesday and throughout the day on Wednesday, as
they seek too to recover Gland’s personal effects, the murder weapon, and
other evidence, and to locate and interview anyone with knowledge of
Dillard’s movements. Late this morning, members of the Northwest Indiana
Major Crimes Task Force were once again walking the scene behind the
information on Dillard’s activities in the hours before or after the