Prosecutors Claim Restraunt Owner Took Out Insurance Policies On Nephew And Had Him Killed

St. Louis

Federal prosecutors said that Tim Norman, a co-owner of Sweetie Pie’s soul food restaurants in the St. Louis area, told a co-conspirator that his nephew “ain’t gonna be around much longer” in a text message.

Andre Montgomery Jr. was shot and killed in the 3900 block of Natural Bridge Road just after 8 p.m. on March 14, 2016. He was 21. Norman was one of four people indicted in the conspiracy.

Travell Hill, the accused trigger man, was indicted in November 2020 on one count of murder-for-hire and one count of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire. He pleaded guilty in June 2022. He’ll be sentenced on Sept. 20.

Terica Ellis, an exotic dancer living in Memphis, Tennessee, was accused of setting Andre up and tipping off Norman and others about Andre’s location prior to the murder. She pleaded guilty in July 2022 to one count of murder-for-hire conspiracy.

Waiel Yaghnam, Norman’s insurance agent, was indicted in August 2020 on one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. He pleaded guilty in July 2022.

Both Ellis and Yaghnam will be sentenced on Oct. 26.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri said James Timothy “Tim” Norman, a co-owner of Sweetie Pie’s soul food restaurants in the St. Louis area, took out a $450,000 life insurance policy in 2015 on his nephewAndre Montgomery Jr., with Norman named as the sole beneficiary.

Norman is the son of Robbie Montgomery, who founded Sweetie Pie’s in 1996. The restaurant and Montgomery family were the subjects of a reality show produced by Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network called, “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.”

Prosecutors called representatives from Mutual of Omaha, Royal Neighbors of America, Americo Life, and Foresters Financial to discuss the life insurance applications made in Andre Montgomery’s name. The representatives testified that Norman was listed as the sole owner and beneficiary on each of the applications.

Prosecutors said Norman texted his insurance agent who was also implicated in the murder conspiracy, and was eager to get the ball rolling.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. ‘He ain’t gonna be around much longer’ – Chilling text message revealed in Sweetie Pie’s murder-for-hire trial – KTVI Fox 2
  2. Sweetie Pie’s co-owner stands trial in murder-for-hire plot – KTVI Fox 2
  3. Witnesses take the stand on day 1 of Sweetie Pie’s murder-for-hire trial – KSDK 5
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