Man, 50, charged with fatal stabbing of Indiana bartender

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Christopher Dillard, 50, was charged Friday with the robbery and fatal stabbing of a woman who was found dead behind a bar in northwest Indiana.

A 50-year-old Indiana man was chargedFridaywith robbing and fatally stabbing awoman who was found dead behind a bar in northwest Indiana.

Christopher M. Dillard, of Hobart, facescharges of murder and robbery in connection with the deathof 24-year-old Nicole Gland of Portage, Indiana, according to Chesterton police.

About2:50 a.m.Wednesday, Gland left theUpper Deck Lounge, 139 S. Calumet Road, where she had worked as a bartender the evening before, police said.

Her body was discovered about9 a.m.inside a 2007 Ford Escapein an alley behind a row of businesses that includes the Upper Deck Lounge, police said.Her car keys, cell phone and purse were missing.An autopsy found Glandwas stabbed multiple times and died of her injuries, according to the Porter County coroner’s office and police.

After reading about Gland’s death, a woman who knew DillardtoldpoliceWednesday that Dillard worked at the Upper Deck Lounge as a doorman and bouncerand noted that a knife was missing from her butcher block, police said.

She also reminded investigators that she had filed a report days earlier saying Dillard had taken her truck without her permission, police said.

When police found Dillard — and the truck — later Wednesday, he told investigators he had been “partying rough” the two previous nights, according to documents filed in a Porter County court.

Dillard saidhe left the Upper Deck Lounge to go to another Chesterton bar, then picked up drugs from a supplier in Portage, Indiana, police said. At a certain point, he said his recollections about the night were “hazy” and was unable to answer further questions.

Dillard also told investigators he took the missing knife from the butcher block two months ago and was using it for protection beforeit fell out of the truck, although he was unsure when, police said.

According to court documents, Dillard also implicated himself in Gland’s death while talking to a friend while in police custody. That conversation was recorded, police said.

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