Tim Norton appeared in federal court on Tuesday (October 13) where he entered a not guilty plea in the murder-for-hire death of his nephew Andre Montgomery Jr. 

Federal Chief Magistrate Judge Nannette Baker has not made a decision if Tim will remain in custody while awaiting trial. 

Prosecutors argue based on the nature of the crime, the volume of evidence in the case, and his crime record should require Tim Norman to remain in custody.

His defense attorney, John Rogers argued Tim is not a flight risk and he should be released to stay with his mother, Robbie Montgomery, in the St. Louis area. 

Tim is accused of taking out a $450,000 life insurance policy on his nephew in 2014 and making himself the sole beneficiary. 

The life insurance agent, Waiel “Wally” Yaghnam, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in the case.

Terica Ellis, Tim’s homie-lover-friend and co-defendant, also pleaded not guilty in federal court last month. 

Tim allegedly paid Terica $10,000 to lure Andre Montgomery onto Natural Bridge Avenue in St. Louis where he was killed. 

Terica Ellis will remain in custody until her trial. 

If convicted, both Ellis and Norman could face a minimum sentence of life without parole. 

Source: STL Today

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