Another man charged in “Sweetie Pie” pay murder case


ST. LOUIS – Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced another indictment related to the 2016 murder of a man whose St. Louis-area grandmother’s soul food restaurant was the setting for the reality show ” Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s ”.

The slain man’s uncle, James Timothy Norman, of Jackson, Mississippi, and alleged co-conspirator Terica Ellis, of Memphis, Tennessee, had previously been charged with murder for pay for their alleged role in a scheme that led to the shooting deaths of 20 people. André Montgomery, one year near a park in Saint-Louis

Prosecutors said Thursday that a grand jury has now indicted another suspected co-conspirator, Travell Anthony Hill, 29, with conspiracy to commit murder for account.

According to a press release announcing the indictment, the uncle set up a $ 5,000 cash payment for Hill two days after Montgomery’s murder, and Hill was taped the same day discussing the murder of Montgomery and his payment.

Hill’s attorney did not immediately return a request for comment from The Associated Press on Thursday.

James Timothy Norman at Taboo 2 Bistro and Bar on November 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.Prince Williams / WireImage via Getty Images file

Norman, who is a son of Sweetie Pie owner Robbie Montgomery, and the victim, who was his grandson, appeared in “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” which aired for five seasons on the Oprah Winfrey network from from 2011.

Norman and Waiel Rebhi Yaghnam, 42, have also been charged with conspiracy to commit electronic and mail fraud, and Yaghnam is charged with five counts of aggravated identity theft.

Yaghnam is an insurance agent, but in 2002 he was one of the producers of “Nellyville,” which sold over 6 million copies in the United States. Federal prosecutors allege that Yaghnam conspired with Norman to fraudulently obtain a $ 450,000 life insurance policy on André Montgomery. Yaghnam was Norman’s insurance agent at the time.

Norman became the sole beneficiary of his nephew’s life insurance policy in 2014, prosecutors said. Montgomery was shot on March 14, 2016, near the Saint-Louis exhibition center.


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