Son of Sweetie Pie’s owner,Tim Norman and exotic dancer, Teria Ellis, charged with murder for hire plot
James Timothy Norman, 41, the son to reality TV star and owner of Sweetie Pie’s restaurant Robbie Montgomery,was charged in a federal complaint.
Norman, who starred with his family in the show Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, had feuded with his mother over money in recent years after she sued him for opening restaurants under the Sweetie Pie’s brand without her permission.
The complaint alleges that Norman conspired with a Memphis exotic dancer Teria Ellis to commit a murder-for-hire on his nephew Andre Montgomery.
“I’m on my way in town,” she wrote him in an email on March 10, 2016, according to court records.
Three days after her arrival, Norman flew into St. Louis and booked a room at the Chase Park Plaza hotel. The next day, March 14, Ellis contacted Montgomery to figure out where he was.He texted her the address of a house: 3964 Natural Bridge Ave. in the city and then Ellis called Norman.
That night, at 8:02 p.m., Montgomery was shot to death at the house on Natural Bridge. And investigators believe Ellis was there. Location data from her burner phone put her at the scene, and in one of Montgomery’s final phone calls, he spoke to his girlfriend, who later told investigators she could hear a woman’s voice in the background.
One minute after the eighteen-year-old was shot, Ellis made another call to Norman.
“Despite being at the scene of Montgomery’s murder at 8:02pm, ELLIS’s first phone call was not to the police, but rather to [NORMAN] at 8:03 p.m., at which time her phone location data showed she was driving in a direction consistent with her returning home in Memphis, Tennessee,” the criminal complaint says.
Phone records would then show the phone moving south along Interstate 55. Norman’s phone showed him flying back to Los Angeles, arriving early the morning after the killing. That same day, March 15, 2016, both the burner phones went dark, authorities say.
Back in Memphis, Ellis began depositing money– $3,020 in a checking account that previously had a negative balance and another $4,340 in a savings account opened the same day. On March 17, 2016, she deposited another $1,900.
On March 22, 2016, she and her mother and daughter flew to Los Angeles. There’s not much information in the court records about what they did there, but authorities say location data for her mom’s phone showed that on at least one occasion they were with Norman.
At the end of April 2016, Norman wired Ellis $700.
Norman waited a week to try to collect on his murdered nephew’s life insurance police, authorities say. On March 21, 2016, he called the bank, but he never provided all the documentation required and still hasn’t gotten the money, according to court records.
He’s now being held without bond at a jail in Madison County, Mississippi. He and Ellis have been charged with conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in commission of murder-for-hire, resulting in death.