Tim Norman, “Welcome to Sweetie Pies” star, arrested

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Welcome to Sweetie Pies star and producer James Timothy Norman has been arrested on federal charges arising from the 2016 murder of nephew, Andre Montgomery, 18.Norman, 41 – who starred in the popular reality television series OWN with his mother and family – has been charged with conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities (a cell phone) in the commission of a vicarious murder resulting in death, WAPT reports. The reality TV star was indicted by a federal complaint on Aug. 11 and was placed under arrest on Tuesday in Jackson, Mississippi. He is currently being held at the Madison County Detention Center.

Federal authorities say that in 2014, Norman obtained a life insurance policy for $ 450,000 on his teenage nephew, becoming the sole beneficiary. According to the complaint, Norman allegedly conspired with an exotic dancer named Terica Ellis – along with others – to prepare for Montgomery’s murder.

In the days leading up to her death, Ellis, residing in Memphis, Tennessee, contacted Montgomery that she planned to meet him in St. Louis. On March 13, 2016, the day before Montgomery’s murder, Norman also allegedly flew to St. Louis himself from his home in Los Angeles.

The next day, Ellis and Norman allegedly used temporary phones to communicate with each other, as well as to track Montgomery’s whereabouts. Immediately after learning of his location, Ellis made a phone call to Norman.

At 8 p.m., Montgomery – who appeared in “Welcome to Sweetie Pies” before his death – was shot dead.

In the days following the murder, Ellis deposited more than $ 9,000 in cash into various bank accounts. A week later, Norman allegedly contacted the life insurance company in an attempt to collect the policy he had obtained on his nephew.

The Homicide Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police and the FBI are investigating these current charges.

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