ST. LOUIS (AP)– The boy of the owner of a St. Louis-area soul food dining establishment that was the setting for the reality program “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” has been charged in a murder-for-hire plot that resulted in the death of his nephew four years ago.
James Timothy Norman, of Jackson, Mississippi, was detained Tuesday in the March 14, 2016, deadly shooting of his nephew Andre Montgomery, who was gunned down near a park in St. Louis. Norman, the 41-year-old child of Sweetie Pie’s owner Robbie Montgomery, deals with a federal charge in St. Louis of conspiring to utilize interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire, resulting in death.
The U.S. Lawyer’s office in St. Louis stated in a press release that Norman conspired with a female, Terica Ellis, of Memphis, Tennessee, in Montgomery’s killing. In 2014, when Montgomery was 18, district attorneys say Norman acquired a $450,000 life insurance coverage policy on his nephew that listed Norman as the sole beneficiary.
Prosecutors allege in the criminal problem that in the day’s leading up to Montgomery’s death, Norman flew to St. Louis from Los Angeles, where he was living at the time, and Ellis took a trip to St. Louis from her home in Memphis.
On the day of the killing, Ellis utilized a short-lived phone to identify Montgomery’s location, then she called Norman. Ellis’ phone place positioned her near Montgomery at the time of his death, according to the complaint. Instantly following the shooting, Ellis positioned another call and then started traveling back to Memphis.
Prosecutors state Ellis, who deals with the same charge as Norman, later transferred more than $9,000 in money in different bank accounts. A week after the killing, Norman got in touch with the life insurance business in an effort to gather on his nephew’s policy, district attorneys said.
Federal prosecutors declined to say who was the alleged shooter.
Both Norman and the victim, who was Robbie Montgomery’s grandson, appeared on “Invite to Sweetheart Pie’s,” which ran for 5 seasons on the Oprah Winfrey Network starting in 2011, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Before opening the restaurant, Robbie Montgomery was a backup vocalist for Ike and Tina Turner.