A Hudson Valley woman murdered the father of her children, a popular local coach, as he slept.

On Monday, Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced a Dutchess County jury found Nicole Addimando guilty of murder after three days of deliberation.

The crime occurred in Dutchess County, but Tendy’s office agreed to handle the prosecution as a result of a conflict of interest in the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office.

On Sept. 28, 2017, Christopher Grover was found dead from a gunshot wound in the Town of Poughkeepsie home he shared with Addimando. Addimando, a 2007 FDR graduate, was later charged with second-degree murder, a felony.

Shortly after the shooting, a of Poughkeepsie police officer found Addimando in her car sitting at a traffic light. When the officer approached the car, she told the officer she just killed her boyfriend in self-defense and claimed she had been abused for years by Grover, officials say.

Investigators began what was described as a "painstaking six-month investigation"  involving phone records, internet searches, computer forensics, dozens of interviews, and more to determine there were inconsistencies in the Addimando's alleged history of abuse and her claims of self-defense. There was also overwhelming evidence the murder was intentional, officials say.

Evidence at the trial proved Grover was killed by a point-blank shot to his head while he was sleeping on his couch, officials say.

At the trial, a medical examiner testified the gunshot wound to Grover’s temple was a hard, tight, contact wound caused by the muzzle of the gun pressed directly to Grover’s temple as he lay on his couch, according to the Putnam County District Attorney's Office.

According to a press release, other evidence indicated that prior to the shooting the defendant had done internet searches on, “What will happen if someone was asleep and then someone shot them in the head? Will they wake up or die instantly?”

“It was one of the most painstaking and professional investigations and prosecutions I’ve ever seen. This case was tragic. Christopher Grover was a loving father, son, brother and nephew. I just hope the guilty verdict can bring some relief to his family and friends," Tendy said.

At the time of his murder, Grover was the head-coach at Mr. Todd’s Gymnastics in Poughkeepsie. According to his obituary, Grover graduated from Red Hook High School in 2006. He previously coached gymnastics at Fly High Gymnastics in Red Hook.

We have reached out to Addimando's lawyer for comment and will update this story if more information is made available.

Addimando faces 25 years to life when sentenced in June.

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