The death penalty review process is activated automatically when a federal criminal charge is punishable by death. The review does not reflect prosecutors’ desire to impose it. That review process is still pending for another suspect, Travell Anthony Hill, who was charged with conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire on Nov. 3.
Federal authorities allege Norman obtained several life insurance policies on Montgomery, his nephew, in November 2014. Norman was the sole beneficiary on the policies. Those policies include a life insurance policy for $250,000 through Americo Insurance Company, as well as two different policies through Foresters Insurance for $200,000 and $250,000, according to the complaint. Prosecutors and investigators accuse Norman of taking a combination of life insurance funds, equaling more than $50,000, to have Montgomery killed. They believe he got Ellis to lure his nephew to a St. Louis park, where he was gunned down.