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Jennifer Mee: 'Hiccup Girl' Guilty of Murder, Gets Life in Prison

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By Michael Mullins   |   Monday, 23 Sep 2013 09:07 AM

"Hiccup girl" Jennifer Mee was found guilty of first-degree murder for the killing of 22-year-old Shannon Griffin in a 2010 drug-related robbery attempt gone wrong.

Mee, 22, was convicted on Friday and will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Prior to this case, Mee was known for having undergone an uncontrollable hiccup fit at the age of 15 that lasted for five weeks and landed her on such nationally syndicated TV programs as the "Today" show to discuss her condition.

The verdict came after just four hours of deliberation by the Pinellas County, Fla., jury, which had previously heard a jailhouse confession of sorts between Mee and her mother, ABC News reported.

"I didn't kill nobody," Mee said in the phone call to her mother, which unbeknownst to her was being recorded by authorities. "I set everything up. It all went wrong, Mom. It [expletive] just went downhill after everything happened, Mom."

Under Florida law, people can be convicted of murder if they commit a serious felony crime — such as robbery — and someone was killed as a result.

Prosecutors accused Mee of luring 22-year-old Shannon Griffin, a Wal-Mart worker, to a St. Petersburg, Fla., home in 2010 under the pretense of buying marijuana from him. When he arrived at the residence, Mee and two associates reportedly tried to rob Griffin at gunpoint, eventually shooting and killing him after the victim resisted.

It is unclear how Mee and Griffin knew each other. Police say the victim had friended Mee on a social media website just five to six days before the fatal encounter occurred, The Associated Press noted.

Authorities however could not say whether Griffin had recognized Mee as the "hiccup girl" before he friended her.

Mee's co-defendant, LaRon Raiford, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in August; however the other co-defendant, Lamont Newton, who was also Mee's boyfriend at the time of the crime, has yet to go to trial, the AP reported.

Mee's attorney, John Trevena, reportedly argued that his client suffered from schizophrenia and Tourette's Syndrome at the time of the killing, which being a neurological disorder can cause involuntary movements and speech problems.

Though Mee's hiccups eventually stopped for the most part on their own, after having reportedly tried numerous home remedies, an acupuncturist, and a hypnotist, they do sporadically return.

Mee's hiccups returned this week as she sat in the courtroom during her trial, lasting for more than an hour before they eventually subsided again.

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