Man charged in murder of Northwest Indiana woman

VALPARAISO, Ill. --A 50-year-old man has been charged in the stabbing death of a 24-year-old woman in the first murder in Chesterton, Indiana in three years.

Christopher Dillard has been charged with felony murder in the death of Nicole Gland, of Portage. He also faces a felony robbery charged.

Gland was a bartender at the Upper Deck Lounge. Police say Dillard was a bouncer who worked there.

Dillard told police he was at the bar on Tuesday night. He said he wasn't working, but he went before midnight to deliver drugs to the victim.

Dillard says he asked for her keys, went to her car where he did some of the drugs and left the rest under her seat. He said he then gave her keys back and went to another bar.

Police say Gland left the bar just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. She was found stabbed to death in her car behind the bar at 9 a.m.

During a news conference Friday afternoon, police say it was Dillard's longtime girlfriend who turned him in. After seeing reports of the murder on the news, she called police, saying he took her vehicle and never came home Tuesday night and she noticed a knife missing from their kitchen.

During the news conference, police say Dillard asked to speak with his girlfriend in a private room where he was being recorded, and that Dillard told her, "I killed that girl. I didn't mean to".

When questioned again by police, Dillard chose not to make an official confession.  He is being held at the Porter County jail on no bond.

The exact motive right now is not known.

A funeral is planned for Gland on Wednesday April 26th.