A onetime reality TV star from Mississippi has been convicted on murder-for-hire charges.
James Timothy “Tim” Norman, 43, from the reality TV show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” was found guilty of hiring someone to murder his nephew, 21-year-old Andre Montgomery Jr. in 2016.
Norman took out a $450,000 life insurance policy on his nephew. He then arranged his murder in order to reap the benefits, according to prosecutors.
Before Norman’s conviction three co-defendants took plea deals.
Travell Anthony Hill, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and one count of murder-for-hire. He admitted that through a mutual acquaintance he was told Norman wanted his nephew dead.
“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 USAO press release states. “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.”
Ellis, an exotic dancer from Mississippi pleaded guilty in connection to the murder. She admitted to finding and providing Mongomery’s locations to Norman and Hill on a burner phone. She said she knew Norman was upset about not knowing where Montgomery was but did not know he was going to be killed. Norman paid her $10,000 for finding his nephew and told her to dispose of her burner phone after the murder.
The last co-defendant was an insurance agent. He admitted to helping Norman obtain a fraudulent life insurance policy on his nephew in 2014.
The life insurance policy consisted of “numerous false statements regarding Montgomery’s income, net worth, medical history, employment and family background,” the press release stated.