Jennifer Mee was known as the Hiccup Girl now she is known as a murderer. Jennifer Mee first came to attention for a case of hiccups that would not go away that would see her appear on national television shows. Eventually the hiccups would go away and Jennifer Mee would fade to the background. Then she was arrested for murder in Florida. According to court documents Jennifer Mee would lure the victim to an abandoned home where he was shot and killed by her two accomplices. This teen killer would be convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole
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At the age of just 15, Jennifer Mee gained worldwide fame in 2007 when she developed an uncontrollable case of the hiccups.
The teenager, from St Petersburg, Florida, appeared on television morning shows across the United States in a bid to find a cure for her mysterious affliction.
Mee was hiccupping up to 50 times a minute, stopped going to school and could only eat soft foods. She had to be medicated to sleep.
Five weeks later they stopped – and so did the attention.
But in 2010 Mee, then 19, was back in the headlines – this time charged with first-degree murder of a 22-year-old man she met online and lured to a vacant home where two of her friends robbed and shot him.
Shannon Griffin, who came to the abandoned home under the illusion Mee wanted to buy some marijuana, was shot four times and robbed of less than $50. The 22-year-old has been working at a supermarket and was on holiday the week he was killed.
Under Florida law, because Mee set him up, she is as culpable as the person who pulled the trigger.
Prosecutors used police interviews and a taped phone call between Mee and her mother Rachel Robidoux as evidence she had arranged the crime.
During the call, she told her mother she not did pull the trigger of the gun that killed Griffin, but that she was charged with murder. “Because I set everything up,” she explained in the call that was played to the jury. “It all went wrong, Mom. It just went downhill.”
Her lawyers said she suffered from schizophrenia and Tourette’s Syndrome, and a court-appointed psychiatrist said Mee’s intelligence was “low normal.”
Attorney John Trevena revealed she was on a medication called thorazine – usually used to treat psychotic disorders – to control the hiccupping, but that even then she was still susceptible to bouts.
In 2013, Mee wept as she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Her co-defendants LaRon Raiford and Lamont Newton, who was her boyfriend at the time of the crime, were also convicted of first-degree murder.
Mee met with Piers Morgan in the third episode of Killer Women at her prison in Ocala, Florida.
Though Morgan wrestles with whether Mee should be kept in prison for the rest of her life even though she did not pull the trigger that killed Griffin and nor was she at the scene, he asks her to take responsibility for her part in his death.
The GMTV host also meets with Mee’s mother and defence lawyer, who both believe her earlier fame as the Hiccup Girl unfairly influenced the court and that her harsh punishment is the result.
Robidoux described her daughter’s earlier condition as “her case of the hiccups wasn’t a case of the hiccups, it was a curse of the hiccups.”
She added: “All of a sudden, people knew her name and she would talk to them on different chat sites. She’s very naive, and I was afraid she was getting herself into something that she didn’t really know what she was doing.
“She’s a lovable sweet little girl who would not hurt a fly. Where things went wrong I don’t know.”
At the time of her arrest, Mee’s MySpace page described herself as a “female version of a hustla”.
“My name is jennifer, im almost 19 but dont let the age fool you, the struggles ive been through has made me grown up so much. Im always havin fun chillin,” she wrote.
On her Facebook page, she alluded to drinking and drugs – and visiting a strip club. On her MySpace page, she posted photos of her tongue piercing, of her giving the camera the finger and her boyfriend’s jail booking photo.
She did not mention the hiccups.
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Prosecutors played a jailhouse call in the murder trial of Jennifer Mee, known as the “Hiccup Girl,” where she is heard telling her mother that she “didn’t kill nobody” but she “set everything up.”
Jennifer Mee, 22, who gained national fame when she was 15 years old because her hiccups lasted for five straight weeks, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 death of Shannon Griffin.
On Thursday, prosecutors played a jailhouse recording for the jury where Mee’s mother asks her why she has been arrested and charged.
“I didn’t kill nobody,” Mee said. “…I set everything up. It all went wrong, Mom. It [expletive] just went downhill after everything happened, Mom.”
Prosecutors allege that in 2010, Jennifer Mee met Griffin and lured him to a home in home in St. Petersburg, Fla., to be robbed. Griffin struggled with two accomplices who then shot him four times in the chest, according to prosecutors.
At issue is whether Mee was a bystander or if she planned the robbery that ended in Griffin’s death.
Police had previously said they did not believe Jennifer Mee pulled the trigger. However, under Florida law her involvement in a robbery that led to a homicide makes her subject to a first-degree murder charge.
Although Mee pleaded not guilty, prosecutors previously turned down her lawyer’s plea deal of a 15-year prison sentence.
On Wednesday, Mee’s attorney told the court her client was a schizophrenic. The judge then ordered Mee to undergo psychological evaluation. It was later determined Jennifer Mee is competent to stand trial.
Experts also testified that Mee’s DNA was found on the victim’s shirt. Though, the defense argued it could have been transferred to the shirt by another person, and a crime lab DNA expert agreed.
One alleged accomplice, LaRon Raiford, was convicted and sentenced in August to life in prison, while another co-defendant, Lamont Newton, has not yet gone to trial.
Jennifer Mee made national headlines in 2007 when she hiccupped virtually non-stop for more than a month, up to 50 times a minute. The hiccups ultimately stopped, her family has said, because she was treated with drugs used to treat Tourette syndrome.