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Tim Norman from 'Welcome to Sweetie Pie's' Denied Release from Jail Amid Murder-for-Hire Case

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Oct 27, 2020
07:30 A.M.
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"Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s" star Tim Norman, who was arrested in connection with the murder of his nephew Andre Montgomery Jr., was recently denied release from jail.

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Reality star James Timothy Norman, widely called “Tim” on the Oprah Winfrey-led show, “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” was ordered to stay in jail amid her arrest over the murder of his nephew Andre Montgomery Jr.

If Norman is convicted of the murder-for-hire conspiracy charge, he faces the possible penalty of life in prison or the death penalty. For this reason, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nannette Baker wrote in her order that Norman has an incentive to flee if released before trial.

"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" stars Lil Charles, Tim Norman, and Robbie Montgomery attend the Soul Train Awards in 2011. | Photo: Getty Images

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STRONG EVIDENCE AGAINST NORMAN

On why Norman should remain behind bars, Baker also cited strong evidence that the reality star played a major role in the murder plot against Andre in March 2016.

One of the St. Louis police detectives reportedly testified that Norman, the son of soul singer Robbie Montgomery, allegedly sought help from Terica Taniesha Ellis to lure Andre to Fairground Park, the place of the crime. 

Andre is the grandson of Robbie, the owner of Sweetie Pie’s restaurant in St. Louis. Norman is Robbie’s son and Andre’s uncle. 

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 NORMAN'S PRIOR CONVICTIONS

Baker also wrote in her order that Norman is potentially a "danger to the community," after discovering that the reality star has convictions in three criminal cases involving assault, robbery, and kidnapping.

One of Norman’s defense attorneys, John Rogers, earlier argued that the reality star is not a flight risk and deserved to go home to Robbie, his mother. 

After Norman’s arrest in August, Robbie has yet to find the right words to say about her son's predicament. In a statement she sent to Madame Noire, she said that she is too weak and asked their supporters to keep praying for her son.

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NOT GUILTY 

On October 13, Norman pleaded not guilty to the allegations that he conspired to take his teenage nephew's life. His co-defendant, Ellis, also pleaded not guilty. 

Ellis, who worked as an exotic dancer, allegedly received $10,000 from Norman to bring his nephew to Natural Bridge Avenue in St. Louis.

Before his murder-for-hire plot charges, Norman already had previous brushes with the law when he was a teen.

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The crime Norman allegedly committed appears to be a longtime plan. He reportedly took out a $450,000 life insurance policy on Andre, and in the weeks after his death, the reality star sought to collect insurance.

Aside from his murder-for-hire plot case, Norman was also charged with a conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. He allegedly lied in the life insurance application forms.

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HIS PAST BRUSHES WITH THE LAW

Norman already had previous brushes with the law when he was a teen. He was jailed for 10 years starting when he was 17 after he and another teen robbed at gunpoint two fast-food workers and an auto parts store.

After he was released from jail, Norman worked in Robbie’s restaurant, but he continued to get into trouble while managing some locations. He was also charged with a misdemeanor assault of a chef in 2017. 

Robbie had also sued Norman in 2016 for opening store locations against her wishes. She said her son’s desires and attempts to expand her business constituted a copyright infringement.

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