The star of “Welcome To Sweetie Pie” which is an American television series, Casting Tim Norman, was found guilty of ordering a murder-for-hire scheme that results in the death of his Nephew and Co-Star in the year 2016.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Missouri, Norman, 41, was found guilty on Friday of conspiring to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire, and conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud in the shooting death of his nephew Andre Montgomery Jr. in March 2016.
The conviction was reached by the jury following a 17-hour, three-day deliberation period, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Missouri, Norman hired hit men to kill his nephew so he could collect the $450,000 he fraudulently paid into Montgomery’s life insurance policy in 2015.
According to the press release, the life insurance policy made “many misleading assertions regarding Montgomery’s income, net worth, medical history, work, and family background.”
The statement indicated that Travell Anthony Hill, Terica Ellis, and Waiel “Wally” Rebhi Yaghnam, who was Norman’s co-defendants, entered guilty pleas before trial.
The announcement said that when Hill and Norman met in St. Louis on the day that Montgomery passed away, Norman informed Hill that a woman would be phoning to report Montgomery’s location. “At 8:02 p.m., Hill shot Montgomery to death with a. 380-Calibre handgun after getting a call from Terica Ellis, and then he destroyed the weapon and his phone. Later, he received $5,000.”
On Tuesday in August 2020, WLBT reported that Norman had been taken into custody on federal charges and had been lodged in the Madison County Detention Facility.
According to a criminal complaint that the outlet was able to obtain, Ellis, an exotic dancer, and Norman allegedly planned to kill Norman’s nephew for Norman to receive the life insurance benefit.
According to the complaint, “There exists reasonable cause to believe that James Timothy Norman plotted with Terica Ellis Evidence presented at trial revealed that Norman paid exotic dancer Terica Ellis $10,000 to locate his nephew. After Travell Anthony Hill killed Montgomery, Norman utilized a buddy to give him $5,000. and/or others known or unknown to investigators at this time to use an interstate commerce facility, specifically a cellular telephone, to conduct a murder-for-hire in exchange for United States cash.”
In 2014, according to the complaint, Norman allegedly obtained several life insurance policies on Montgomery, naming himself as the only beneficiary. These plans consist of two distinct policies from Foresters Insurance for $200,000 and $2,500, as well as life insurance coverage for $250,000 via Americo Insurance Company.
Through Foresters Insurance in the year 2015, he attempted to get a substitution policy, but it was denied, as per the complaint.
In the nine seasons from 2011 to 2018 of the OWN Network’s Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, which featured their family’s soul food restaurant, Norman and Montgomery were regulars.
During his more than four hours of testimony, Norman broke down in tears and told the jury that he hired Ellis and Hill to find his nephew but not to kill him. Inquiring about a recent break-in at his mother’s house, he claimed he wanted to confront Montgomery.
Mike Leonard, Norman’s defence lawyer, expressed his shock and disappointment on Friday. “I genuinely believed that the prosecution had not met its burden of proof in this case.”
Kalyn Griggs, Montgomery’s sister, referred to Norman as a “monster” that her brother had feared in the weeks leading up to his death as she stood on the courthouse steps with her family after the verdict while sporting “Justice for Andre” T-shirts.
The lesson is, regardless of how much money someone has, Griggs, proclaimed. There is no way to minimize their avarice.