O’FALLON, Mo. (AP)– An examination into 2016 killing of a man whose granny’s St. Louis-area soul food restaurant was the setting for the truth program “Invite to Sweetheart Pie’s” has actually led to scams charges versus his uncle and a guy who helped produce a hit album for the rapper Nelly.
The killed man’s uncle, James Timothy Norman, of Jackson, Mississippi, and an alleged co-conspirator, Terica Ellis, of Memphis, Tennessee, were jailed earlier this week on charges declaring they were involved in a murder-for-hire plot that caused the shooting death of 20-year-old Andre Montgomery near a St. Louis park 4 years back.
The U.S. lawyer’s office in St. Louis revealed Thursday that in addition to the murder-for-hire charge Norman was already facing, a grand jury charged him and 42-year-old Waiel Rebhi Yaghnam, of St. Louis, with conspiracy to commit wire and mail scams. Yaghnam, who is not charged in the supposed murder-for-hire plot, is an insurance agent, however in 2002 he was one of the producers of “Nellyville,” which offered more than 6 million copies in the U.S.
Norman, who is a kid of Sweetie Pie’s owner Robbie Montgomery, and the victim, who was her grandson, appeared on “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” which ran for five seasons on the Oprah Winfrey Network starting in 2011. Robbie Montgomery’s household has actually not spoken openly about the charges.
In a press release announcing the new charges, federal prosecutors allege that Yaghnam conspired with Norman to fraudulently acquire a $450,000 life insurance coverage policy on Andre Montgomery. Yaghnam was Norman’s insurance coverage agent at the time.
Yaghnam and Norman made incorrect statement on life insurance applications for Andre Montgomery in which they lied about Montgomery’s net worth, income and other info, district attorneys declare.
Norman, now 41, ended up being the sole recipient of his nephew’s life insurance coverage policy in 2014, according to prosecutors. Montgomery was shot to death on March 14, 2016, near Fairground Park in St. Louis.
Norman and Ellis– explained by district attorneys as a stripper– each face a federal charge of conspiring to utilize interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire, resulting in death. Authorities have actually not said who they believe shot the victim, however Yaghnam is not charged in the shooting.
Prosecutors allege that the day prior to the killing, Norman flew to St. Louis from Los Angeles, where he was living at the time, and Ellis arrived from Memphis. They say the two communicated using momentary mobile phones activated that day.
One day later, Ellis used the temporary phone “to interact with Montgomery and learn his physical location for the function of drawing Montgomery outside,” according to the news release. “Right away after learning Montgomery’s place, Ellis placed a call to Norman.”
District attorneys allege that Ellis’s phone area info put her near the shooting scene at the time of the killing. The grievance said that immediately following the shooting, Ellis put another call and after that started taking a trip back to Memphis.
District attorneys say Ellis later deposited more than $9,000 in cash in different bank accounts. 4 days after the killing, Norman called the life insurance coverage business in an attempt to gather on his nephew’s policy, district attorneys stated.