Arrest made in murder-for-hire plot that killed former Estacado - FOX34 Lubbock

Arrest made in murder-for-hire plot that killed former Estacado student

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James Norman, 41 James Norman, 41
Terica Ellis Terica Ellis
LUBBOCK, Texas -

The FBI, Department of Justice and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department announced the arrest of a St. Louis man accused of plotting a murder-for-hire resulting in the death of former Lubbock Estacado student Andre Montgomery.

Court documents indicate James Norman, 41, conspired with Terica Ellis and others to commit a murder-for-hire.

Investigators say in 2014, Norman received a $450,000 life insurance policy on his 18-year-old nephew Andre Montgomery. The DOJ reports Norman was the sole beneficiary. 

In the days leading up to Montgomery's murder, investigators say Ellis, residing in Memphis, Tennessee, contacted Norman and told him she was planning to be in St. Louis. According to the DOJ, the day before Montgomery's murder Norman flew to St. Louis from his home in Los Angeles. 

On March 14, 2016, Montgomery was killed by gunfire at 3964 Natural Bridge Ave. Investigators believe Ellis used a temporary phone to contact Montgomery to figure out his location and, after finding out where he was, Ellis placed a call to Norman. Investigators say Ellis' phone location places her in the vicinity of the murder at the time it happened. 

Following the murder, investigators say Ellis placed another call to Norman and then began traveling back to Memphis. Days later, court documents indicate Ellis deposited more than $9,000 in cash into various bank accounts.

On March 21, 2016, Norman reportedly contacted the life insurance company in an attempt to college on the life insurance policy he had obtained on his nephew. 

Norman and Ellis are charged by complaint with conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, resulting in death.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Section and Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating these current charges.


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