The jury heard
testimony from several witnesses and saw evidence of Christopher Dillardís
alleged movements on April 19, 2017, on which date he is accused of killing
Nicole Gland, and the days leading up to it.
Highlights from the
testimony include a description of how cell phone records helped police
search for Glandís missing phone and where a Police K9 tracked Dillardís
Sheriffís Police Detective Gene Hopkins testified that cell phone data
obtained indicates Glandís cell phone moved south, then west, and last
pinged in Portage the night of her murder.
pinged off the same two Chesterton-area cell towers while she worked her
shift at Upper Deck on April 18 and into early April 19, he said. She was
last seen alive at 2:52 a.m. by the last patron who left the bar. After
security footage showed her leave the building, her phone pings off a tower
near Meridian Road and the Toll Road, then a tower in Burns Harbor, and
finally in the area of Samuelson and Central Avenue, near Pleasant Valley
trailer park at approximately 3:19 a.m.
There was no
mappable data after approximately 7:19 p.m. about the location of Dillardís
cell phone, because, as his former girlfriend Beverly Galle, testified
Wednesday, the phone was in her name and she had it disconnected earlier
that day because she was worried about people Dillard associated with
getting information about her from the phone.
Hopkins has been a
PCSP Detective since 2007 and specializes in cell phone data and record
analysis. He testified to the process of preserving, obtaining, and using
cell phone records. According to Hopkins, providers only keep data for 90
days, and law enforcement tenders a Ďpreservation letterí to them if they
anticipate theyíll need a warrant for data attached to a certain phone
The data he gets
can include location, text of messages, call logs, contacts, and internet
searches, dependent on provider. Locations are not precise, but are general
areas based on what nearby cell towers the phone connects to as it moves.
Hopkins said he was
aware police requested preservation of data for phone numbers for Nicole
Gland, Christopher Dillard, Glandís then boyfriend Santos Ortiz, Galle, and
Upper Deck Lounge owner Jason Budzevski.
examination, Dillardís defense attorney Russell Brown wanted to know why
there was no mappable data for Budzevski and Ortiz. Hopkins said his
understanding is that law enforcement preserved data for Budzevskiís phone
number but never served a warrant to obtain it, and data for Ortizís number
was not requested until early 2019, when PCSP Captain Jeff Biggs took
another look at the investigation as part of a special task force.
Brown asked, ďSo we
donít know where Jason Budzevskiís or Santos Ortizís cell phones were in the
early hours of April 19, 2017?Ē ďCorrect,Ē Hopkins said.
Brown also asked
about the range of cell towers--if Glandís phone may have still pinged off a
tower to the west while it was stationary in Chesterton. Hopkins said ďitís
possibleĒ that her phone was stationary as late as 3:11 a.m.
PCSP K9 Handler
Charles Douthett testified his bloodhound K9 Jury picked up Dillardís scent
from the crime scene and headed south after Chief Cincoski called him in to
help investigate Dillardís movements. Douthett is semi-retired from PCSP and
has decades of experience as a K9 handler.
Douthett said Jury
was given a sample of Dillardís scent at the crime scene, where she quickly
picked up a trail that led her up the hill connecting Lois Lane with E.
Indiana Avenue, then south onto Calumet Road, then west down the alley by
the Marathon station. She lost the trail near Chesterton Middle School.
When Jury picks up
a trail, Douthett said, the suspect may have been on foot or in a car. After
Jury lost the first trail, Douthett said he backtracked with the CPD looking
for evidence along the trail, at which time she alerted again and led him
back to the grassy area behind the Marathon.
Douthett said Jury
also detected Dillardís scent in two places in the area of the Pleasant
Valley trailer park--in a driveway across McCool Road from the park and in a
trail that led from the entrance of the park directly to the parkís storage
area. Jury and five other officers with dogs conducted an article search in
the storage area and along McCool Road. The dogs showed interest in the
storage area, but none alerted, Douthett said.
On cross, Douthett
answered Brown that itís true a bloodhound can detect a scent up to 300
hours, which is 12 days, old. Douthett also said he did not attempt to track
the possible movements of Ortiz or Budzevski at either scene.
Captain John Lane testified that he was asked to retrieve and review
surveillance video from the Upper Deck.
A compilation from
Upper Deckís cameras shows Dillard enter the bar and approach Gland at 11:21
p.m. on April 18. The video then shows Dillard and Gland step outside onto
the barís back deck--and out of camera view--for approximately four minutes.
Dillard leaves Upper Deck that night at 11:27 p.m. and doesnít return on
camera before the footage shows Gland closing the bar and leaving for the
night around 2:56 a.m.
Lane said he was
advised by Budzevski that an outside camera was not working to capture
anything behind the bar, but he also obtained footage from Bross Storage
that shows a small black pickup-truck or SUV heading south on Calumet Road
at 3:09 a.m. Lane said the Marathon station across from Bross had no footage
of that night.
Department Detective Melanie Sheets obtained and reviewed video from the
Majestic Star casino in Gary after she, part of the Northwest Indiana Major
Crimes Task Force, was called to assist in the investigation.
Camera footage from
the casino played for the jury shows Dillard arriving in the casinoís
parking garage in his Black Ford Ranger pickup at 5:28 a.m. on April 19. He
is seen on the video, wearing jeans and a black shirt, putting money in
machines, and making a short phone call from a pay phone immediately before
leaving at 7 a.m.
Sheets said she
recognized Dillardís truck in the video from a bumper sticker. She also said
it was determined that Dillard called Galle from the pay phone.
Brown said on cross
that Dillard appeared to be wearing the same clothes he was wearing when he
visited Upper Deck the night before, save a flannel shirt.
Tammy Moore, who
testified she used to work with Dillard and Galle at a Wendyís, said Dillard
showed up at her house in Lake Station at approximately 6:30 p.m. on April
19. He asked to borrow her cell phone, which she obliged, and called Galle.
He was wearing a long sleeved shirt, shorts, and ďslides,Ē according to
Moore, and stayed about 15 minutes. Moore said she couldnít remember if she
overheard Dillardís conversation with Galle.
Sergeant Mark Grissom testified that he apprehended Dillard in the evening
of April 19 after Dillard turned into a Dairy Queen off of Main Street in
downtown Hobart, and CPD Detective Nick Brown arrived to transport Dillard.