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Monday
Oct252010

'Hiccup Girl' Charged With First-Degree Murder

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WFTS-TV Tampa(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- A Florida woman who gained national attention for hiccupping nonstop for five weeks has confessed to killing a man in a robbery gone wrong, according to police.

Jennifer Mee, 19, was charged along with two men in the murder of 22-year-old Shannon Griffin in St. Petersburg, Fla. Saturday.

Mee lured the victim to a St. Petersburg home where the two other suspects, Laron Raiford, 20, and Lamont Newton, 22, robbed him at gunpoint with a .38-caliber revolver, police said.

Griffin was shot several times in the upper body, according to police.

First-degree murder could carry the death penalty in Florida.

Mee, known as "the hiccup girl," became fodder for countless water cooler conversations in 2007 after her condition made headlines and she appeared several times on NBC's Today Show to discuss her chronic hiccups. Mee hiccupped virtually non-stop for more than a month, up to 50 times a minute.

Mee's hiccups then stopped as abruptly as they started with no indication of what first set them off or what led them to stop.

Soon after she stopped hiccupping, Today host Meredith Viera asked her, "What are you going to do for attention now?"

Mee is being held without bond at Pinellas County Jail. She has not retained a lawyer, according to police.

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