Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy has been appointed as the special prosecutor in a Poughkeepsie homicide case because a Dutchess County assistant district attorney will serve as a witness in the case, according to Dutchess County District Attorney William Grady.
The assistant district attorney will testify as a witness in the case against Nicole Addimando, 28, who is accused of killing her 30-year-old boyfriend, Christopher Grover, in late September in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
“One of my ADAs will be a witness in this case and, in order to maintain the need as well as the perception of neutrality, I have requested that a special prosecutor be appointed," Grady said.
Grady added that both sides will appear in court again on Jan. 2, 2018.
Addimando, who has been in the Dutchess County Jail on no bail, is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting Grover either late on Sept. 27 or early Sept. 28, according to the Town of Poughkeepsie police.
Grover, a popular gymnastics coach, was found after Addimando flagged down a patrol officer and told them she had been "involved in an incident with her boyfriend," police said.
Officers checked on Grover's welfare and found him dead at their residence, Capt. Ken Roman said.
People who know the young stay-at-home mother said it was so out of character for her to have shot her boyfriend.
"She was an amazing mom and nice person," said friend Lisa Rosten. "Her children were everything to her, she was a very hands-on mother."
A 2006 graduate of Red Hook High School, Grover, 30, was the head coach at Mr. Todd's Gymnastics located in Poughkeepsie for many years and previously worked at Fly High Gymnastics in Red Hook.
The couple, who lived together at the Dutchess Apartments on Van Wagner Road, have two children.
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