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.
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.