A JURY convicted former reality TV star James Timothy Norman in a murder-for-hire scheme.
Norman starred in the reality show Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s which aired in 2011.
Who is James Timothy Norman?
James Timothy Norman starred in Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, a reality TV show that ran for nine seasons before being canceled in 2018.
Hosted by Norman’s mother Robbie, the show featured a behind-the-scenes look at her family-run restaurant Sweetie Pie’s in St. Louis, Missouri.
However, in 2016, Robbie sued her son, alleging trademark infringement after he opened three restaurants of the same name in the St. Louis area and in California.
The original Sweetie Pie’s, owned by Robbie, opened in 1996 and she trademarked the name in 2012 after the reality show aired.
Norman responded to the lawsuit at the time, telling The St. Louis American, “It’s complicated to say the least as we have a mutual interest in different facets of the Sweetie Pie’s brand.
“I have to stay true to our brand and our business and I really hope that this disagreement between my mother and I can be resolved.”
“I have always and always will want what is best for my mother, our family and our people,” Norman continued. “This is the risk of doing business with loved ones and I’m hoping for a quick resolution.”
Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Norman’s nephew Andre Montgomery was found dead in a home near Fairfield Park on March 14, 2016.
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Montgomery was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police were initially dumbfounded by the scene and asked anyone with knowledge to come out.
In August 2020, Norman was charged with the murder of his nephew.
Why was Tim Norman charged with Andre’s murder?
Norman was charged with conspiracy to use interstate trade facilities in committing a contract killing that resulted in his death on August 11, 2020, and he was arrested a week later in Jackson, Mississippi.
Investigators found that Norman had taken out a $450,000 life insurance policy for his nephew in 2014, making him the sole beneficiary.
Investigators found that Norman contacted the insurance company to apply for life insurance just a week after Montgomery’s death.
Authorities claimed Norman contacted Terica Ellies, an exotic dancer from Memphis, Tennessee, to help him pull off a Montgomery assassination plot in March 2016.
At the trial, prosecutors said Montgomery paid Ellis $10,000 to lure Montgomery into the St. Louis home on March 14.
They had used burner phones to keep in touch and allow Ellis to track Norman’s whereabouts.
Prosecutors said Norman paid Travell Anthony Hill $5,000 to shoot Montgomery at the time.
Both Ellis and Hill pleaded guilty to their roles in the July 2022 shooting.
Norman has continued to plead not guilty to the charges and has denied paying Hill, claiming he did not know Hill was the shooter until he pleaded guilty.
Police questioned Norman’s friend Derryl Howard, who struck a cooperation agreement with the government in 2020.
Howard told the jury Norman called him around 8 p.m. and asked him to get $5,000 from his room at Chase Park Plaza.
He said he was ordered to give Hill the money, and authorities said the request was made after Montgomery was shot.
At 8:03pm, recordings showed Ellis calling Norman, and she recalled to the jury telling Norman, “What the hell happened? I heard shots.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry, get on the freeway and go home, don’t tell anyone.'”
Norman denied having said so, claiming he was not aware at the time that Montgomery had been killed.
Prosecutors then asked him if he didn’t know when his nephew was killed and why he then called Howard at 8:06 p.m., just three minutes after Montgomery was shot.
Norman continued to deny his involvement, saying he wanted to be a “father figure” to Montgomery and supported him financially.
During closing arguments, Assistant US Attorney Angie Danis told the jury that texts, call recordings and location data supported Ellis and Hill’s statements.
She added that Norm “gives an image to all these people of being a mentor and a father figure, but it’s fiction.”
Was Tim Norman found guilty?
A federal jury convicted Norman on September 16, 2022 of the murder of his nephew Andre Montgomery.
The jury deliberated 17 hours over three days and found Norman guilty of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, contract killing and conspiracy to commit mail and money order fraud.
After the verdict, Norman’s attorney, Michael Leonard, said they were “extremely surprised and disappointed by the outcome.”
Fleming said that while he and Norman “understand the work of the jury,” they will appeal their decision.
He added: “Tim is an incredibly optimistic and strong guy. So he’s been in custody for a long time. He had to go through the deliberations alone and he is a very strong person.
“And so I think that despite the verdict, he still has a lot of optimism that we will overcome that and ultimately prevail.”
Commenting on the ruling, US Attorney Sayler Fleming told CNN: “Mr. Norman’s crimes were motivated by greed, and while the evidence was extensive and overwhelming, Mr. Norman’s plan was relatively simple.
“He fraudulently purchased a $450,000 life insurance policy for his nephew Andre Montgomery without Mr. Montgomery’s knowledge. He then used a lover to track down Mr. Montgomery and a co-defendant to fatally shoot and kill him.
“Within days of his nephew’s murder, Mr. Norman began trying to get the insurance company to pay the damage.”
Norman is scheduled to be sentenced on December 15, 2022, and Fleming said, “At that point, he’s looking at a statutory sentence of up to life in prison.”
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