'Hiccup Girl' Goes on Trial for Murder
Jury selection begins in trial of Jennifer Mee
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
Jennifer Mee, center, looks at potential jurors as jury selection begins her murder trial Tuesday.   (Keeler, Scott)

(Newser) – A Florida woman who appeared on several national television programs as a teen because of her uncontrollable hiccupping went on trial on a murder charge today. Prosecutors and attorneys for Jennifer Mee began selecting a jury in a Pinellas County courtroom; the trial is expected to wrap up by the end of the week. The 22-year-old Mee is charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 death of Shannon Griffin, who prosecutors say Mee lured to a St. Petersburg home under the pretense of buying marijuana—but instead two of Mee's friends robbed him at gunpoint. Griffin struggled with the suspects and was shot several times.

Detectives said Mee accepted a friend request from Griffin on a social networking website five or six days before the robbery; at issue is whether Mee is a bystander or the person who planned the robbery. Prosecutors allege the latter, and under Florida law, a person can be convicted of murder if he or she committed a serious felony crime, such as robbery, and someone was killed as a result. Mee's attorney said his client suffered from Tourette's Syndrome, and that the hiccups were one symptom of Tourette's. If convicted, she will face life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Shortly after her arrest, her mom explained what she thought was to blame.)

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Sep 18, 2013 2:46 PM CDT
I live in Florida, and I remember her becoming a celebrity of sorts for her endless hiccuping, and even then she seemed a little odd in her TV interviews, although the hiccuping sounded real- and painful Shortly after she stopped hiccuping, she got married. Since she was a local celebrity, all the news media was there. I seem to remember that she started sneezing from the moment she began her walk down the aisle, and sneezed throughout the entire ceremony. It seemed contrived to me, and I was embarrassed for her family.
Sep 17, 2013 9:37 PM CDT
Some people just suck at life!
Sep 17, 2013 6:44 PM CDT
If she didn't plan it why there was two guys waiting for the victim. I mean what she thought, that victim will just hand them over wallet with the money and will apologize and live. Maybe she didn't meant this turn to murder but if she wasn't inviting her friend, there would be no death.