Tim Norman of ‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s’ GUILTY On All Counts – Faces The Death Penalty
Tim Norman former Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s star was found guilty in the murder-for-hire plot that took the life of his nephew, Andre Montgomery Jr.
Norman was convicted on Friday of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire, and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection to the March 2016 murder, per a press statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Missouri.
Norman orchestrated the murder with the help of three co-defendants, Travell Anthony Hill, Terica Ellis, and Waiel “Wally” Rebhi Yaghnam, after taking out a $450k life insurance policy on Montgomery. Ellis, Waiel and Yaghnam all pleaded guilty before trial. Hill, pleaded guilty in June 2022 to one count of murder-for-hire and one count of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire. Ellis, a Memphis-based exotic dancer, pleaded guilty in July 2022. Yaghnam pleaded guilty the same month, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.
The press release stated that Norman and Yaghnam filed “five separate life insurance policy applications” on Montgomery since October 2014. They all contained “numerous false statements regarding Montgomery’s income, net worth, medical history, employment, and family background.”
“On the day of Montgomery’s death, Hill and Norman met in St. Louis and Norman told Hill that a woman would be calling with Montgomery’s location,” the statement read. “After receiving a call from the woman, Terica Ellis, Hill fatally shot Montgomery with a .380-caliber handgun at 8:02 p.m. and then disposed of the gun and his phone. He was later paid $5,000.”
The release revealed that Ellis confessed to locating Montgomery for Norman in the past, with the knowledge that he was planning “some form of action” against his nephew. She denied that she knew that “Montgomery would be shot.” Ellis reported Montgomery’s location to Norman via a prepaid burner phone that she had purchased with Norman, on the night of the fatal killing.
The press statement said that Norman paid Ellis $10k for finding Montgomery and told her to get rid of the phone after the murder.
Norman denied the allegations last week, testifying in his own defense. Norman, 43, claimed that he didn’t know who killed his nephew until the shooter pleaded guilty, earlier this summer. Norman spoke about his upbringing on the stand, which included working at the soul food restaurant chain. He began managing the restaurant in 2010, the same year cameras began filming Season 1.
Montgomery was gunned down on March 14, 2016, at the age of 21.
Norman and his nephew both appeared as cast members on “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” which debuted on OWN in October 2011 and ended in 2018. The show starred Norman’s mother, Robbie Montgomery, a once-famous singer and grandmother to Montgomery.
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