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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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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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Jerry Harris, one of the stars of Netflix's "Cheer" is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly soliciting sex from minors.

FBI agents executed a search warrant at Harris' Naperville, Illinois home on Sept. 14, USA Today reported.

The criminal investigation is based on allegations from twin brothers who described a pattern of harassment by Harris, 22.

In interviews with USA Today, the boys say Harris solicited nude photos from them. The harassment started when they were 13 and Harris was 19.

The boys met Harris at cheerleading competitions and the harassment continued for more than a year.

Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to perform an inappropriate act in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions.

The allegations were reported to police by Varsity Brands, a private company that handles uniform sales to major competitions and dominates the cheerleading industry.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Two screenshots were included in the letter, with one Snapchat screenshot message that read: "Would you ever want to ****."

Another screenshot of a series of text messages starting on May 3, 2019: "Hey btw I found a place for us to do stuff it's actually pretty good haha".

Harris has not been charged with any crimes. The federal investigation is ongoing.

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An Alabama State University student who went missing for 5 days has been found dead. The body of Adam "Belle" Dowdell Jr. was found behind a church on the 800 block of Hutchinson Street about 2:45 p.m Monday.

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Dowdell, 22, graduated from Montevallo High School, where he played on the boys football team. He was a second-year student majoring in physical education at Alabama State University in downtown Montgomery.

Dowdell left his dorm around 8 p.m. Tuesday to get money from an ATM, but his friends say he never returned.

His mother, Toya Cohill, says Dowdell did not have a car on campus. She said he and a friend went to get cash from an ATM machine.

Cohill said she last spoke to her son on Monday, and his siblings spoke with him the following day. But on Wednesday, she got messages from friends saying he hadn't returned to his dorm and no one had heard from him.

"I've slept three hours a day," Cohill said. Cohill and relatives made the 70-mile trip to Montgomery from the Alabaster area, where Dowdell is from.

He left his backpack and cell phone charger in his room and his relatives were unable to track his phone because the battery was dead.

Montgomery police Capt. Saba Coleman said the circumstances of Dowdell's death are under investigation. No other information was released and there are no suspects.

ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr. released a statement on Monday.

"We all had hoped for a different outcome," Ross said. "Losing a student is always difficult, and the Hornet Nation is in mourning over his death. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Adam’s mother and the rest of his family and friends as they face this tragic loss."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 334-215- STOP, Secret Witness at 334-625-4000 or Montgomery Police at 334-625-2831.

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A Los Angeles city manager used a famous quote by Malcolm X to describe the unprovoked shooting of two Compton cops.

City manager Jose Ometeotl posted a meme on Instagram on Sunday. The post showed a B&W photo of Malcolm X along with the words "chickens come home to roost."

The two LASD deputies - a 24-year-old male and a 31-year-old mom of a 6-year-old boy - were sitting in a police cruiser outside a bus station in Compton when they were shot on Saturday.

The unidentified female deputy was shot in the jaw, while her partner was shot in the head. Both deputies are out of surgery and listed in stable condition.

The shooter is described as a Black female, 28-30 years old, wearing dark clothing. After the shooting, she fled in a dark color sedan that could be a black Mercedes Benz.

In his Instagram post, Ometeotl described police as "deputy gangs" and seemed to suggest they deserved to be shot.

He captioned the post, "The shooting of anyone is a wholly unacceptable occurrence in society. I do not condone the type of violence seen in the shooting of the deputies yesterday in Compton. I will say that communities like Compton have been plagued by deputy gangs that inflict fear and violence in the community. These deputies murdered, framed and stole from the community host because they could..."

Ometeotl made his Instagram private after a journalist questioned him about the post. Ometeotl's post sparked outrage among law enforcement communities.

"Apparently, hatred and irresponsible rhetoric is also to be expected from leftist politicians and those in positions of power," wrote one journalist, who added, "Awww, what's the matter, Ometeotl? Can't stand a little heat? You can dish it out but can't take it? Too bad."

Police believe the shooting was a gang initiation. The shooter is still at large.

At a campaign rally in Nevada on Sunday night, President Trump said, "I just saw a video of that animal who went up to the car. They were unsuspecting, fine people - very fine people."

"If you murder a police officer, you should receive the death penalty," he said.

Joe Biden said: "This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished. Jill and I are keeping the deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery."

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the capture of the shooter.

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Georgia authorities are searching for a man who was captured on CCTV footage dumping his girlfriend's body in a Buford neighborhood.

According to Gwinnett police, 20-year-old Shakeya Smith's body was located around 5 a.m. Saturday. Neighbors heard gunshots shortly before her body was found.

Smith's boyfriend, Moses Dyl, is wanted by police for questioning. He was observed on security cameras before fleeing the scene in his car. He is wanted on felony murder and aggravated assault charges.

Gwinnett police say Smith had "visible injuries and bleeding" on her body, indicating she was beaten before being shot.

"I don't know that any visible bullet wounds were observed. All I know is that there were visible injuries and bleeding," said Master Officer Jacob Albright.

Dyl was last seen in the Lithonia, Georgia area and he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

He is described as 5-feet-11 inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. Anyone with information should contact Gwinnett police at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8577.

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Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor was arrested in Corsica for attempted sexual assault and indecent exposure.

The 32-year-old UFC star was detained on Saturday, just one day after he tweeted that USADA officials had drug tested him.

The alleged incident occurred in a bar on Sept. 10. "Following a complaint filed on September 10 denouncing acts that could be described as attempted sexual assault and sexual exhibition, Mr. Conor Anthony Mac Gregor was the subject of a hearing by the gendarmerie services," the prosecutor wrote in a statement sent to AFP.

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A rep for McGregor vigorously denied any allegations of misconduct in Corsica where the MMA star was on vacation with his family.

McGregor had been tweeting photos of himself while on his yacht in the Mediterranean Sea.

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McGregor is pictured with his girlfriend Dee Devlin and their children while on vacation in the South of France. The well-known Irish troublemaker strolled around the town shirtless, which is forbidden under French law.

On Sept. 11, he shared that officials from the USADA had arrived on his yacht to drug test him.

McGregor has had multiple run-ins with the law since winning the featherweight and lightweight championships.

He previously announced his retirement from MMA in March 2019, but he returned to the ring to fight three times in 2020.

McGregor again announced his retirement from the ring in June 2020.

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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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Rapper Silentó was arrested for allegedly walking into a home wielding a hatchet while searching for his girlfriend.

The 22-year-old rapper, who is best known for his hit "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)", was arrested after he allegedly barged into a random home in the Los Angeles area carrying a hatchet, ABC 7 reports.

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Residents inside the home tackled Silentó, real name Richard Hawk, and restrained him on the floor.

A friend arrived at the home and told Hawk he was in the wrong house. The two men fled before police arrived, TMZ reports.

Hawk was arrested about a block away from the home and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Hawk told police he was looking for his girlfriend.

The incident comes less than a day after Hawk was arrested in Santa Ana for a domestic disturbance call on MacArthur Boulevard, according to ABC 7.

His 2015 viral hit song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" has garnered over 1.7 billion views on YouTube.
 

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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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Herschel Walker's son Christian Walker said the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin was another incident of a "crazy violent criminal" getting shot by police.

Blake, who is Black, was shot by a white police officer who was attempting to arrest Blake on an outstanding warrant for domestic assault and sex crimes against two minor girls.

Blake, 29, survived his injuries but he was paralyzed from the waist down and he will wear a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.

In a video posted to Twitter on Monday, Christian said the shooting was another incident of a criminal refusing to follow directions from police officers and getting consequences for it.

"Jacob Blake, oh yeah he was a felon sexual assaulter, he was a domestic abuser and had given cops trouble in the past. There was a warrant out for his arrest," Christian said.
 

Christian made the statement after his famous NFL legend dad spoke at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

Christian urged police to "show us the body cam" video to prevent Black Lives Matter protesters from "pulling another George Floyd with us".

Floyd is a Black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.

In related news, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher slammed NBA players for boycotting their playoff games to protest Blake's shooting.

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Urlacher compared the NBA's protest to the time former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre played the day his dad died.

"Brett Favre played the MNF game the day his dad died, threw 4 TDs in the first half, and was a legend for playing in the face of adversity," he wrote on his Instagram Story. "NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police."

Wisconsin State Attorney General Josh Kaul told reporters this week that Blake admitted he had a knife on him when officers arrived to serve a warrant for his arrest on sex crime charges involving two teenage girls.

Police found a knife on the floorboard of his SUV after the shooting.

"In the vehicle he did not have a weapon," said criminal attorney Patrick Salvi Jr. on Wednesday. "I can't speak directly to what he owned, but what I can say is his three children were in the car and that was in the front of his mind. That is the most important thing to him in his life: his family and his children."

A GoFundMe page raised $2 million for Blake's medical expenses.

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R. Kelly was viciously attacked by another inmate who jumped the famed R&B singer in his Chicago jail cell, TMZ reports.

Federal law enforcement sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ the incident occurred inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

Kelly, 53, was sitting on his bed when another inmate walked into his unlocked cell and started punching him.

TMZ sources say the younger inmate went on the attack because he was angry about the detention facility being placed on lock down due to Kelly protesters outside the jail.

The fight didn't last long, and it's unclear if another inmate or guards broke it up. Our sources say Kelly was examined by a doctor, who determined the singer was okay, no broken bones or serious injuries.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau Of Prisons tells TMZ, it cannot comment on an individual inmate's conditions of confinement or medical status due to privacy and safety reasons.

Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg declined to discuss the incident with the gossip tabloid, and said Kelly's been a model inmate.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer was arrested in 2019 and charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of minors.

He turned himself in at the Cook County Jail, and the facility's 6,100 inmates was on lockdown whenever Kelly was on the move there.

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A 17-year-old was arrested and charged in the fatal shootings of two Black Lives Matter protesters during violent Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday night.

Kyle Rittenhouse, who is a Caucasian Blue Lives Matter activist, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Antioch, Illinois, and charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Rittenhouse was initially labeled a "fugitive from justice" because he "fled the state of Wisconsin with intent to avoid prosecution".

The teenager is being held without bond while awaiting extradition to Wisconsin. Antioch police Cmdr. Norman Johnson said Rittenhouse was charged as an adult.

Famed Atlanta attorney Lin Wood, who recently settled a defamation lawsuit against CNN for teenager Nicholas Sandmann, offered to represent Rittenhouse for free after GoFundMe deleted an account created by the teen's father for legal expenses.

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In the above photo, Rittenhouse opens fire with his AR-15 rifle at Black Lives Matter protester Gaige Paul Grosskreutz, who was armed with a pistol. Grosskreutz was wounded in the arm. Anthony Huber, 26, (pictured foreground) was shot in the chest after hitting Rittenhouse in the head with a skateboard. He was later pronounced dead.

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A man ties a tourniquet above a gunshot wound sustained by Grosskreutz, who allegedly pointed a pistol at Rittenhouse before he was shot. News outlets described the handgun as a "cellphone".

A 36-year-old white male Kenosha resident, later identified as Joseph Rosenbaum, was fatally shot in the head during an earlier confrontation with Rittenhouse. Rosenbaum allegedly yelled, "Shoot me, ni**a!" before throwing something at Rittenhouse.

The shootings occurred around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

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Rittenhouse (3rd from left) is pictured hours before the shootings cleaning graffiti off a Kenosha courthouse.

He was interviewed by a street journalist minutes before he shot and killed two BLM protesters and wounded a third.

"So people are getting injured and our job is to protect this business," he said in the video. "And part of my job is to also help people. If there is somebody hurt I'm running into harm’s way. That's why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself, obviously. I also have my med kit."

Rittenhouse said he was "pepper sprayed" by a demonstrator in the crowd during the protests. When asked if he was using non-lethal crowd control, he replied, "We don't have non-lethal."

According to video footage, Kenosha police drove past Rittenhouse who had an AR-15 rifle slung over his shoulder as members of the crowd were yelling for them to arrest him because he had shot people.

Photos from Rittenhouse's deleted Facebook page shows him as a youngster wearing a police uniform and wielding a semi-automatic rifle.

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Black Lives Matter activists took to Twitter Wednesday night to complain that police helped Rittenhouse and let him go when protesters chased him after the shooting.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden finally condemned the riots and violence on Wednesday, after CNN anchors Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo pleaded with him to speak out because the riots hurt the Democrats' chances in November.

Cuomo said, "I think [the riots] probably represents the biggest threat to the Democratic cause."

"Kenosha is a Rorschach test for the entire country, and I think this is a blind spot for Democrats. I think Democrats are ignoring this problem or hoping that it will go away, and it's not going to go away," Lemon said Tuesday night.

Speaking remotely from his beach house in Delaware, Biden urged protesters to remain peaceful and avoid "needless violence". Biden quoted Jacob Blake's mother, Julia Jackson, who said her son would not want to see violence and destruction carried out in his name.

Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot 7 times in the back by a white police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call on Sunday. Police were advised that Blake was wanted on warrants for domestic violence and sex crimes.

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Hot 97 on Sunday fired an employee of 20 years after learning he was part of a mob of racists that killed Yusuf Hawkins in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY in 1989.

Pasquale "Paddy Duke" Raucci was identified as one of the youths in the mob, according to the HBO documentary Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn.

Hot 97 announced it was "shocked" to learn of Raucci's part in Hawkins' death after watching the documentary.

The station announced Raucci's termination in a tweet on Sunday.

Raucci was employed by Emmis Communications in 1994 and worked with DJ Angie Martinez during her time at the radio station. Martinez and Raucci are pictured above in an undated video still.

Hawkins, 16, was walking with three friends in Bensonhurst on Aug. 23, 1989, when they were ambushed by a group of about 30 Italian-American men and teens who demanded to know whether he was dating a neighborhood girl.

Hawkins, who was Black, was in the neighborhood with his friends to inquire about purchasing a used 1982 Pontiac automobile.

He was chased and beaten by men wielding baseball bats. One man, armed with a gun, shot Hawkins in the chest when he tried to defend himself.

Joseph Fama, the 19-year-old man who fired the shot that killed Hawkins, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1990 and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.

Fama is not eligible for parole until 2022, when he will be 50 years old.

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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.