Reality TV star found guilty in nephew’s shooting death in murder-for-hire plot

Reality TV star found guilty in nephew’s shooting death

A REALITY TV star has been charged with arranging a shooting hit on his own nephew.

James “Tim” Norman, former star of OWN’s soul food show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” is guilty of conspiracy after a three-day deliberation from a trial.

Federal prosecutors stated the motive was for James “Tim” Norman to cash in on a $450,000 life insurance policy for the sudden death of his 21-year-old nephew Andre Montgomery, the San Diego Tribune reported.

Norman allegedly gave an exotic dancer named Terica Ellis $10,000 so she would trick his nephew into visiting what would become the scene of his death.

A $5,000 payment was made to Travell Anthony Hill to commit the murder, according to the prosecution.

Both Ellis and Hill testified on behalf of the prosecution and plead guilty to their parts of the crime.

Montgomery was fatally shot near Fairground Park in March of 2016.

Police say he was found unconscious in a St Louis home with a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In June 2015, Montgomery allegedly left St. Louis after an estimated $220,000 worth of cash, jewelry, and other goods were stolen in a robbery at Robbie Montgomery’s home.

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Robbie is Norman’s mother and Andre Montgomery’s grandmother who also starred in the soul food-centered show on OWN.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Angie Danis stated that the killer conspiracy was documented by text messages, location data, and call records.

On the stand during the trial, Norman reportedly testified that he assisted his nephew on a move to St. Louis and supported him financially.

He aimed to be like a “father figure” to Montgomery, according to the Tribune.

According to Norman, he and Robbie intended to hire a private investigator to press Montgomery about the robbery, but they never wanted to bring him harm.