Jennifer Mee, 'Hiccup Girl,' Charged with Murder

Jennifer Mee, 'Hiccup Girl,' Arrested for Alleged Murder
Jennifer Mee
Splash News Online

updated 10/25/2010 at 11:45 AM EDT

originally published 10/25/2010 11:10AM

In 2007 she captured global attention as the Hiccup Girl, a 15-year-old who spent nearly six weeks searching for a remedy for her non-stop bout of hiccups – a journey documented by multiple visits to NBC's Today. Now, Jennifer Anne Mee, 19, is making headlines once again, this time for being charged with first-degree murder.

Mee was arrested and charged Sunday, according to jail booking information from the Pinellas County Sherriff's Office.

Arrested with Mee were Laron Raiford, 20, and Lamont Newton, 22, after they were accused of fatally shooting a man with a .38-caliber revolver during an armed robbery attempt in St. Petersburg, Fla., Saturday night, reports CNN.

The victim, Shannon Griffin, 22, received three gunshot wounds to the chest and one gunshot wound to the shoulder. Griffin was pronounced dead at the scene, reports the St. Petersburg Times.



"Jennifer Mee lured the victim to the address ... and Laron Raiford and Lamont Newton robbed him at gunpoint and took miscellaneous items from his person," St. Petersburg Police Sgt. T.A. Skinner said in a statement. "All three suspects admitted to their involvement and were charged with 1st degree felony murder."

Mee's mother, Rachel Robidoux, gave a tearful interview on a Tampa radio show Monday morning, describing her daughter as a "lovable, sweet little girl who wouldn't hurt a fly."

"I don't think she knew what was going to happen because that's not Jennifer," Robidoux said. "She's not out to hurt anyone."



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