“Hiccup Girl” On Murder Trial

hiccup_girl_2013CLEARWATER — Jury selection has begun in the first-degree murder trial of Jennifer Mee, otherwise known as the “Hiccup Girl.”

In 2007, 19-year-old Mee became known to millions as “Hiccup Girl” after her inability to stop hiccuping became a national story.

Three years later, on Oct. 23, 2010, Mee and two accomplices, Laron Raiford and Lamont Newton, lured 22-year-old Shannon Griffin to a dark alley in St. Petersburg, promising to sell him $60 worth of marijuana, according to police. The robbery went awry, though, and Griffin was killed. Mee befriended Griffin online, invited him to meet her and set him up for the robbery, authorities have said.

Raiford was convicted in Griffin’s death last month and sentenced to life in prison. Newton has yet to stand trial. If convicted as charged, Mee faces life in prison.

This morning, Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley said in court there will be a pool of about 70 jurors from which prosecutors and defense attorneys will have to choose 12. Two or three alternate jurors are usually chosen in murder trials in case a juror needs to be excused during the proceedings.

Source: TBO