Former Reality Star Found Guilty In Murder-For-Hire Trial

Tim Norman and his family stared in the popular OWN reality show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s. ” The show ran from 2011-2018 with 100 episodes.

The show focused on the popular St. Louis soul-food business, Sweetie Pie’s, founded by Robbie Montgomery and her family. In the 1960’s, Robbie was a background singer for Ike and Tina Turner. In addition to Robbie, the restaurant was staffed by her family including her son James “Tim” Norman.

In 2016, Robbie’s grandson Andre Montgomery (Norman’s nephew) was murdered.

The Cinemaholic reported on Andre’s murder. “The police reported that Andre was found in a house with a gunshot wound, and was unconscious. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Robbie said that her grandson was in a recording studio, working on his rap skills when he got a call and went outside. The location of the studio was in the 3900 block of Natural Bridge in North St. Louis. She also stated that Andre was staying in a hotel and that someone had entered his room and stolen his personal belongings.”

Tim Norman and Andre were often seen together on the show.

On Friday, Tim Norman was found guilty of multiple charges for conspiring to kill his nephew Andre Montgomery.

AP reports:

A federal jury on Friday convicted a former star of the St. Louis-based reality TV show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” of arranging the shooting death of his nephew.

The jury deliberated about 17 hours over three days before reaching its verdict in the murder-for-hire case against James “Tim” Norman, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Norman and his nephew, Andre Montgomery, both starred in the long-running OWN reality show about a popular soul-food business founded in the St. Louis area by Robbie Montgomery — Norman’s mother and Andre’s grandmother.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty but Norman could be sentenced to up to life in prison. Sentencing is set for Dec. 15.

Federal prosecutors said Norman, 43, hired two people to kill the 21-year-old Montgomery on March 14, 2016, then tried to cash a $450,000 life insurance policy taken out on his nephew months earlier.



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