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A Miami teenager is charged with murdering Miami Senior High School football coach Corey Smith.

Charles Alexander, 15, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and charged with murdering Smith and taking $7,450 in cash from his home.

Charles, who has a history of mental problems, faces charges of second-degree murder and armed grand theft. He will be charged as an adult, the Miami Herald reported.

The teenager was staying overnight in Smith's home when he used the coach's own 9mm handgun to shoot him dead in his den on Monday morning.

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Smith's wife said they hadn't seen the teen in a year.

"He asked to come over," said Amina Smith. "Corey picked him up Sunday night and he spent the night. I left to go to work."

Hours later, police responded to a 911 call of shots fired inside the house on the 2100 block of Northwest 97th Street. Charles told police he was studying when he heard gunshots.

He was interviewed for four hours at the Miami-Dade Police Department and released. Police say he gave "inconsistent statements" about what happened inside the house, and he denied any involvement in the murder.

On Wednesday, his mother called police and said she was "in fear of the defendant," according to the arrest report obtained by The Herald.

She said Charles confessed to her that he had killed Smith, the report said.

The murder weapon was found in a trash can outside the home. Over $7,000 in cash was also found inside his jeans hidden in a black bag.

A Miami-Dade juvenile circuit judge on Thursday ordered that Charles be held without bail in a juvenile detention center.

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Montgomery PD

The family of Adam Dowdell, the Alabama State University student who was murdered by a fellow student, is getting death threats.

Ivry Hall (pictured right), 20, was arrested and charged with killing Dowdell, whose body was found Sept. 14 behind a church, not far from the ASU campus in Montgomery. Dowdell was missing for 6 days before he was found. The 22-year-old had been fatally shot.

Hall, a native of Chicago, was a Golden Glove boxer and valedictorian of his high school. He was the last person to see Dowdell alive on Sept. 8.

When reached by phone Sunday, Dowdell's sister told Al.com the family is cautious about commenting publicly because they've received death threats from people in Chicago.

Dowdell's family members, including his mother Toya Cohill, took to social media to plead for information when he went missing.

It was Cohill who publicly identified Hall as the killer in a post on Facebook.

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According to the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church on the South Side, Hall turned himself in to police after returning to Chicago shortly after the murder.

"I really don't know this — what he's being accused of, I've not seen nor known that person. I don't know him. I do know the Ivry who's a kind kid, who's a gentle spirit, who's been faithful at church, who's always pushing himself as a student. That's the Ivry I know and that I believe in," Pfleger told Al.com.

Pfleger said he met with Hall and advised him to go back to Alabama and turn himself in to authorities, which he did.

"I've talked to him at length. He was back in Chicago for a couple of days," Rev. Pfleger said. "I spoke with him and sought to pastor him and counsel him, and we contacted the police and set up his returning to Montgomery. He's in Alabama now; he turned himself in on Friday. He does have a lawyer, and now we've got to be sure we get all the information and all the stuff out of what happened, that's what’s important now."

Hall is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD

North Carolina police responded to calls of a shootout between two groups of people outside a daycare center in Charlotte on Friday, Sept. 18.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the scene of the shootout around 2:45 p.m. at a daycare on West Arrowood Rd.

Police say 20-year-old Isaiah Kersey and two others went to the daycare to pick up his toddler son, but he was denied by the daycare staff because he wasn't on the child's approved list for pick up.

The staff called the child's mother, who soon arrived with three other men - all packing firearms. An argument ensued in the parking lot between the two groups, which escalated into a wild shootout.

Police said two people in each group opened fire outside the daycare -- which had several children inside. None of the children were hurt. One staff member fell and injured her arm while running from the gunfire.

Kersey was the only person arrested and one firearm was recovered. He was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail on charges of simple affray, obstruction and resisting an officer.

In 2019, Kersey was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm after he was injured in a shooting in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

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An Alabama State University student is charged with the murder of fellow ASU student Adam Dowdell, 22.

Ivry Hall, 20, was taken into custody on Friday and booked into the Montgomery County Detention Facility. Bond was set at $250,000.

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Dowdell's body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus at about 2:45 p.m. Monday. According to a press release by the Montgomery Police Department, Dowdell was shot to death.

He was last seen on Sept. 8 as he left his dorm room with a friend to go to an ATM machine. He was reported missing the following day.

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Hall, a native of Chicago, overcame incredible odds to become valedictorian of his high school graduating class. Despite the double tragedies he endured -- losing both of his parents before age 16 -- he excelled at boxing and was a dedicated student.

Dowdell's mom, Toya Cohill, and a cousin identified Hall as the friend who accompanied Dowdell to an ATM machine before he went missing.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... WHEN I TELL Y'ALL GOD IS AWESOME!! HE IS AWESOME!! JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Cohill didn't go into any specifics, but a cousin revealed more information in the comments section of a YouTube video posted by a crime blogger on Thursday.

A user named "Yazmine" wrote: "They have phone records that prove that he had intentions on hurting my cousin... phone records have proven a lot more than we knew. Stay tuned!"

She added:

"We are hurting BADLY! We have so many questions, and we are angry. This young man took his life for no reason, then fled out of state. That screams GUILT all day! You'd think that all that he experienced in Chicago, he would make better decisions being that he's trying to be an influencer. This is not what a good influence does. Only a cold-hearted person would do this!"

When Cohill learned her son was missing, she and family members drove an hour from Alabaster and remained in Montgomery until her son was found.

"I didn't realize my child was two blocks away from me on the ground," Cohill said at a candlelight vigil for Dowdell Thursday night.

She warned the crowd of 200 mourners to be wary of the people in their circle.

"Make sure the person you call your friend is really your friend," Cohill said. "Be cautious on who you call your friend. Everybody that smiles in your face is not your friend. That goes for friends, family, your next-door neighbors, your roommates.

"You have to limit yourself, limit the people who know your A to your Z," she said.

Cohill cautioned the crowd to turn on their location on their phones.

"Stay focused on where you're at when you go somewhere. It's hard for people to keep up with you when you don't turn your location on," Cohill said. "Your parents aren't trying to run your business. They're just trying to keep up with you."

She said her son didn't turn off his location. "They turned it off. I know this for a fact, my child didn't go down without a fight."

"It wasn't right how they did my baby," Cohill said. I don't want this to happen to my worst enemy. I just want justice for my baby."
 

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The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has identified the shooter who ambushed and shot two deputies as they sat in a patrol unit outside a Metro bus station in Compton on Saturday.

The suspect's name has not been released and he/she is not yet in custody, Fox News reported Tuesday.

LASD deputy Claudia Apolinar, 31, was shot in the jaw. Her 24-year-old male colleague was shot in the head. Both officers are recovering from emergency surgery in stable but serious condition.

Apolinar's 65-year-old father Adolfo has held a bedside vigil for his daughter. She is a former librarian and the mother of a 6-year-old boy. "I'm here with her right now," he told a reporter in Spanish. He added that an LA Sheriff's Department deputy was standing guard outside her hospital room.

Apolinar and her colleague graduated from the police academy last year.

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KTLA

A 33-year-old father of two was mistakenly identified as the shooter in a police BOLO (Be On the Lookout) alert issued on Monday.

Darrell Hicks, a youth football coach, was described as "armed and dangerous" and incorrectly stated he was wanted for the attempted murder of two LA County deputies.

It is unclear how Hicks' name and photo ended up on the BOLO alert. Hicks said he received death threats on social media after he was named as the gunman.

Hicks said he was out riding a dirt bike all day Saturday and had nothing to do with the shooting. An attorney with the Cochran Group law firm is representing Hicks.

"Any person would suffer greatly when falsely accused of a crime, especially a crime as heinous as this," said attorney Brian Dunn.

Hicks said he is afraid to take his 2 daughters outside, and he believes that his neighbors look at him differently now.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the BOLO circulating on social media was erroneous. He offered a $200,000 award for information leading to the capture of the suspect.

Villanueva challenged NBA star LeBron James to match his award. The sheriff said, as of Tuesday morning, there has been no response from James.

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A popular pastor threatened his wife a day before he fatally shot her outside the Florida credit union where she worked.

The threat was made in a chilling video that shows Ghanian Pastor Sylvester Ofori arguing with his wife, Barbara Tommey's sister and brother-in-law the day before he killed her on Sept. 8.

During the argument, Ofori told Tommey's brother-in-law that another pastor told him his sister was a witch. "Name the pastor!" the brother-in-law said, as Ofori walked away.

Seconds later, Ofori told the man, "If I don't kill your sister, know that I am fake."

The brother-in-law told Tommey to pack her things, while Tommey's sister, who was recording the video, told her to leave the house.

"Death is death. You can not replace life with death," said Tommey's sister, who provided a copy of the video to police.

Tommey's sister and brother-in-law told police the couple was in the midst of divorcing.

Later that evening, Ofori wrote in a post on Facebook: "One thing people gotta understand about extremely kind, nice, loving people, is that their other side is just as extreme."

The next morning, Ofori ambushed Tommey and shot her multiple times outside the front doors of the Navy Federal Credit Union on the 4600 block of Gardens Park Boulevard in Orlando, just before 9 a.m..

The murder was captured on CCTV. Ofori is seen holding a gun as Tommey walked up and knocked on the door of the credit union.

He approached her and shot her at point blank range. When she collapsed on the ground Ofori shot her in the head several more times.

"You can tell that she was surprised by what was happening," police chief Orlando Rolon said.

"You can tell she's trying to get inside. Unfortunately, he shoots her."

Ofori, 35, was taken into custody at his apartment and charged with first-degree murder.

Ofori described himself as a prophet and motivational speaker on Facebook. He was a pastor at Floodgates of Heaven International Ministries in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando.

He is being held at the Orange County Jail without bond.
 

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A shootout at Atlanta's Cheetah Lounge gentlemen's club sent patrons running for their lives in Midtown Atlanta over the weekend.

The strip club, located at 887 Spring Street, was the scene of a wild shootout just before the club closed at 2 a.m.

The video footage shows a Black male pointing a gun at someone off camera and shouting expletives. Two women with him attempt to deescalate the drama.

In a matter of seconds, the sound of gunshots sent club patrons ducking and running for their lives.

There are no reports of injuries.

Cheetah Lounge was the favored stomping grounds of the monied set because of the great customer service, the very cordial dancers, and the excellent food.

But due to a change in management over the years, the suited and booted professionals were replaced by a younger crowd of drug boys and rappers who started frequenting the club.

Security at Cheetah used to be top notch, but the club is under contract to be sold to a developer for $30 million and is set to be torn down to make way for commercial development.

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Michael Forest Reinoehl was a free man living in Washington state after he shot and killed a Trump supporter in Portland, Oregon last week.

Footage captured by a witness shows Reinoehl shoot Aaron 'Jay' Danielson in the back during Antifa protests in Portland on Aug. 29.

Danielson was a Blue Lives Matter activist and Trump supporter.

Internet collective 4chan identified Reinoehl before Portland police even knew his name.

Reinoehl was on the lam from the law but he wasn't exactly hiding in the woods.

Reinoehl was living in a Washington state apartment complex with friends. He didn't try to conceal his identity. He even gave an interview to VICE magazine in which he blamed the victim fo this own demise.

Trump supporters expressed outrage that law enforcement weren't trying very hard to capture the fugitive.

As the days went by, with police making no arrest, President Trump fired off a tweet demanding action immediately.

"Why aren't the Portland Police ARRESTING the cold blooded killer of Aaron "Jay" Danielson. Do your job, and do it fast. Everybody knows who this thug is. No wonder Portland is going to hell! @TheJusticeDept @FBI."

The end came for Reinoehl as he walked to a mailbox cluster in his apartment complex to pick up his mail on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service were waiting to ambush him at the mailbox, but Reinoehl saw them first and let off about 40 rounds from a semi-automatic rifle. He was cut down by a volley of gunfire and died instantly.

Reinoehl's sister gave a statement to London's MailOnline regarding her brother's death: "I wouldn't say at this point that this counts as bad news."

Reinoehl leaves behind a teenage son and an 11-year-old daughter, who was protesting with him when he killed Danielson. The little girl was armed with a baseball bat.

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A Minnesota man allegedly killed his wife after an argument over lack of sex escalated to violence, CBS Minnesota reported.

Police say after 48-year-old Jason Michael Mesich killed Angela Lynn, 47, he turned the gun on his two next-door neighbors, sisters who were packing up a moving truck at the time.

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12-year-old Makayla Saulter-Outlaw and her sister Canisha Saulter, 29, survived but are hospitalized with gunshots wounds. Makayla was shot in the head and is in critical condition. Canisha was shot several times in the legs and left hip. She is in serious condition.

Police say Makayla shielded her older sister's 1-year-old daughter, Winter. Canisha is unable to see her baby in the hospital due to Covid-19 restrictions.

First responders found Mesich in the basement of his home, where he allegedly fired his gun before surrendering to police.

He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder.

Mesich reportedly told police he and his wife had argued in the garage about the couple's lack of sex before he shot her.

He told police he didn't remember the details of the shootings other than the argument with his wife. He said he "probably" went into the house to retrieve his gun.

He told police his wife hit him and he then punched her in the collarbone and she "told him" to kill her, MailOnline reports.

He also reportedly said he shot the two sisters because they were not "good neighbors" and that "he hated all children".

The family launched a GoFundMe account to raise money for the sisters' expenses.

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Members of violent street gangs in Chicago have formed a "shoot on sight" pact to execute police officers who draw their weapons on suspects.

Chicago, which has the highest national average of officers being shot or killed, is home to multiple factions of street gangs who are "actively searching for" and filming police officers, according to an FBI report.

Chicago-based FBI agents released an August 26 "situation information report" that details the gang activity, ABC7 reported.

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The report states: "members of these gang factions have been actively searching for, and filming, police officers in performance of their official duties. The purpose of which is to catch on film an officer drawing his/her weapon on any subject and the subsequent 'shoot on-sight' of said officer, in order to garner national media attention."

According to police superintendent David Brown, there is an overall "sense of lawlessness", and the "danger to police officers is real and increasing."

Brown continued: "I think it's bigger than a suggestion. I think 51 officers being shot at or shot in one year, I think that quadruples any previous year in Chicago's history. So I think it's more than a suggestion that people are seeking to do harm to cops."

"We need police officers and as community members we need to push back fervently against lawlessness," Brown said.

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Rappers Gucci Mane (right) and Foogiano (left) have been named in a wrongful death lawsuit over a fatal shooting during a concert at a South Carolina nightclub during the 4th of July weekend.

The administrator for the estate of Mykala Bell, a 23-year-old woman who was fatally shot during the concert, filed the lawsuit in Greenville County last week, editors at The Greenville News reported Monday.

According to legal papers, the mother of two was standing near the stage when gunfire broke out in the early hours of July 5 at Lavish Lounge where Foogiano was performing.

Security guard Clarence Sterling Johnson, 51, was also killed and eight others were injured in the melee.

Police charged a Georgia man Jarquez Kezavion Cooper, 22, in the shooting and said it appeared to be gang-related - but the new lawsuit alleges Foogiano, real name Kwame Brown, and his entourage were not patted down before they entered the club and were allowed inside with "deadly weapons".

The lawsuit adds that Gucci, real name Radric Delantic Davis, was "believed to be" a promoter for the concert, though it did not say whether he was present at the time of the shooting.

Cooper is also named, as well as the club's operating company, its owner and nearly a dozen other unspecified "owners, managers, operators, independent contractors, and/or security companies" accused of negligence for failing to provide adequate surveillance and security, and "permitting criminal activity," among other allegations.

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In a video posted to his Instagram feed shortly after the incident occurred, Foogiano, best known for hits "Molly (Baby Mama)" and "Finesser," insisted the shooting, "ain't my fault. I don't promote violence."

"I understand y'all in pain y'all hurting... but y'all just got to look to the situation," he said in the clip. "I ain't going to blame myself for something I didn't cause."

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A music producer for rapper Nelly has been charged as an accomplice alongside Welcome to Sweetie Pie's star Tim Norman in a murder-for-hire plot.

Norma, 41, of Jackson, Mississippi, was charged with conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the death of his nephew, 21-year-old Andre Montgomery on March 14, 2016.

Federal prosecutors say Norman fraudulently obtained a life insurance policy in the amount of $450,000 on his nephew with himself listed as the sole beneficiary.

Terica Ellis, an exotic dancer from Memphis, was arrested as Norman's accomplice.

Waiel "Wally" Yaghnam, a music producer on Nelly's hit 2002 album Nellyville, was also charged in the crime. Yaghnam, 42, worked as Norman's insurance agent, prosecutors say.

Yaghnam faces one charge of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

The insurance company didn't pay out after Montgomery's death. Prosecutors say Yaghnam and Norman made false statements on life insurance applications, lying about Montgomery’s income, net worth, medical history, employment and family background.

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Norman is the son of Sweetie Pie's owner Robbie Montgomery. The victim was Miss Robbie's grandson.

Both Norman and Andre Montgomery starred in Welcome to Sweetie Pie's. Miss Robbie sued Norman in 2016, claiming his operation of three Sweetie Pie's restaurants was copyright infringement.

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Paris Cameron's killer, 19-year-old Devon Kareem Robinson, was convicted of murder in the deaths of Cameron, 20, and two others at a Detroit house party.

"Paris was a fireball," said Cameron's friend, Sunshine Johnson. "She was a loving spirit. She tried to help everybody"

Johnson said Cameron loved cooking soul food, voguing and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.

On May 25, 2019, Cameron met 19-year-old Robinson at a Detroit gas station and invited him to attend a nearby party.

He hesitated.

"He would walk back to her, walk away from her, walk back," says special prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz.

Robinson walked home, then eventually changed his mind and went to the party. Police say he had sexual encounters with several people at the house party.

One witness said he left the party looking a little blank, Powell Horowitz tells PEOPLE.

Surveillance cameras show him pacing and dry heaving in the gas station parking lot before he returned to the house party.

"An hour later, you see the figure emerge running toward where the house party was. He kicks in the door and begins just fire indiscriminately killing three people," Powell Horowitz tells PEOPLE. "Two others survived, but watched their friends die in their arms."

Following his conviction on three counts of first-degree murder and other charges, Robinson was sentenced to three life terms in prison without parole on June 30, 2020.

“Hate comes in many forms, and self-hate is a driving factor in harming these trans women of color," says Powell Horowitz.

Cameron was one of 26 transgender women murdered in 2019 in what the Human Rights Campaign has called an "epidemic of violence."

Powell Horowitz said the murders are fueled by self-hate and fear.

"It's almost always men who identify as straight who are harming trans women. It's almost always motivated by fear of being found out. They would literally rather kill them than be found out," Powell Horowitz says.

Johnson maintains a Facebook page, Long Live Paris, in Cameron's memory.

"I'm going to always keep her memory alive," Johnson says. "The love we had for one another was unconditional. That young lady was really everything I was trying to be. I miss her every day."
 

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Megan Thee Stallion finally revealed who allegedly shot her in a video on Instagram live late Thursday.

This has been a tough week for the "WAP" rapper, who was compared to disgraced actor Jussie Smollett and accused of lying about the seriousness of her foot injury.

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Megan, 25, was injured after leaving a pool party thrown by socialite Kylie Jenner in Calabasas, Calif. on July 12.

Police arrested musician Tory Lanez on the night as the alleged shooting and charged him with a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

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Megan told police she was shot in both feet, but she chose not to disclose the name of the shooter -- until Thursday night.

She took to Instagram live to say she's not a snitch -- "BUT, I'm not finna let y'all keep playing in my face! And I'm not finna let this ni**a keep playing in my face either. So, since y'all ho*s so worried 'bout it. Yes, this ni**a Tory shot me!"

Police initially said Megan was injured by broken glass because the jagged edges of her wound did not appear to be caused by a bullet. Police are very knowledgeable about gunshot wounds.

On Wednesday, Megan posted - then deleted - a photo of her foot injury to shut down the Jussie Smollet comparisons. But the photo only raised suspicions that she may have lied about the cause of her injury.

The drama continues.

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James Timothy Norman, star of the reality TV series "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's," was arrested and charged in a murder-for-hire killing of his own nephew.

Norman, 41, of Jackson, Mississippi, was charged with conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in a murder-for-hire plot resulting in the death of 21-year-old Andre Montgomery on March 14, 2016.

Terica Ellis, an exotic dancer from Memphis, was arrested as Norman's accomplice and charged with the same crime, according to KHOU-11.

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The criminal complaint alleges Norman took out a $450,000 life insurance policy on his nephew, Montgomery, on which Norman was the sole beneficiary.

The complaint states he made multiple false statements in acquiring the insurance policy on Montgomery's life.

Less than two years later, Montgomery was shot and killed. According to the complaint, Ellis and Norman traveled to St. Louis the day before the deadly shooting.

Investigators analyzed phone records that show the two stayed in contact throughout the day using temporary cellphones purchased and activated at the same store.

Ellis reportedly used her cellphone to determine Montgomery's location, then she immediately placed a call to Norman, the complaint stated.

Ellis's phone location placed her near Montgomery at the time of his death. Immediately following the murder, Ellis placed another call, then traveled back to her home in Memphis, while Norman flew back to Los Angeles.

Ellis later deposited more than $9,000 in cash into various bank accounts, prosecutors say. A week after the killing, Norman contacted the life insurance company in an attempt to collect on the insurance policy. But the insurance company rejected the claim because it was filed improperly without supporting documents.

The criminal case is part of President Trump's Operation LeGend, named after a 4-year-old Kansas City boy who was shot and killed while he slept on the floor of an apartment in June. A suspect was arrested in that case last week.

Welcome to Sweetie Pie's was a popular reality TV series on OWN Network that centered around a family-run soul food restaurant in St. Louis.

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Norman is the son of Sweetie Pie's owner Robbie Montgomery. The victim was Miss Robbie's grandson.

Both Norman and Andre Montgomery starred in Welcome to Sweetie Pie's. Miss Robbie sued Norman in 2016, claiming his operation of three Sweetie Pie's restaurants was copyright infringement.