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article image'Hiccup girl' charged with murder

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 25, 2010 in Crime
Saint Petersburg - The woman who gained international attention for having uncontrollable hiccups in 2007 has been charged with murder in Florida.
When she was 15, Jennifer Ann Mee made headlines as the “hiccup girl.”
The 19 year old is now accused of luring a 22-year-old man, who she met on a social-networking site, to an abandoned house where he was shot and killed by two men.
Police said that on Saturday Mee met Shannon Griffin in front of the building, and then led him to the back where Laron C. Raiford, 20, and Lamont Newton, 22, attacked him. It is believed that they had planned to rob him, but when Griffin fought back he was shot four times and died on the scene.
The suspects, who got less than $60 in cash, have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bail.
Police said all three have admitted to being involved, but no information has been released on who pulled the trigger of the .38 caliber revolver.
Griffin’s body was found by Jason Brazelton, a lawyer who was walking his dog late on Saturday.
When Brazelton first spotted the body he thought it was a homeless person asleep, but after thinking about the fact that the person did not react to the beam of the flashing he called police.
Mee's mother, Rachel Robidoux, said her daughter had never been in trouble before but that she was concerned because of some of the people she had been spending time with.
"She's very naive, and I just think she was getting herself into stuff when she didn't know what she was doing,” the St. Petersburg Times quoted her as saying.
Mee had been evicted from apartments in the area for disturbing neighbours with loud music and strobe lights, and inviting problematic people around.
One of the other suspects, Raiford, was arrested in May on a misdemeanor charge of battery. Newton had been charged with trespassing in 2008, but that was later dropped.
Mee's longest spell with hiccups began in January 2007 and lasted almost six weeks. The hiccups were sometimes occurring about 50 times per waking minute. During that time she was on television, online, and in newspapers and magazines. Her mother said that after the long period of hiccups stopped, she would sometimes get them again for a week or more at a time.
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