MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) -- A Jackson, Mississippi restaurant owner allegedly conspired with an exotic dancer in Memphis in a murder-for-hire plot against his nephew, federal prosecutors in Missouri said.
James Timothy Norman, 41, was arrested Tuesday and held in the Madison County Detention Center. Terica Ellis was booked into the DeSoto County Jail on Monday and released to the FBI on Tuesday.
Norman and Ellis are both charged with conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire, resulting in the death of Norman’s 20-year-old nephew, Andre Montgomery, in 2016.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri said that in 2014, Norman took out a $450,000 life insurance policy on his nephew and was the sole beneficiary.
Norman is the owner of the Jackson, Mississippi location of St. Louis-based restaurant Sweetie Pie’s, and starred with his family in the TV show "Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s."
The grand jury also charged Norman and Waiel Rebhi Yaghnam, 42, of St. Louis, Missouri, with one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.
Montgomery was killed in the 3900 block of Natural Bridge Avenue, not far from where Norman’s father was killed shortly before Norman’s birth, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.