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'Hiccup girl' co-defendant found guilty of murder, gets life in prison

Laron Cordale Raiford, who was charged along with "Hiccup Girl" Jennifer Mee in the 2010 killing of a St. Petersburg man, was found guilty of first-degree murder on Friday night.

Raiford, 23, was sentenced to life in prison.

Authorities said Raiford, Mee and a third defendant, 25-year-old Lamont Antonio Newton, plotted in October 2010 to lure 22-year-old Shannon Griffin to a house in the 500 block of Seventh Street N in St. Petersburg to rob him. Instead, Griffin was shot and killed.

Mee, 22, and Newton, 25, will be tried later for first-degree murder. Mee had previously gained Internet notoriety because of media coverage of her case of intractable hiccups that persisted for months and months.

Assistant State Attorney Christopher LaBruzzo told jurors this week that Raiford assisted in a plot to lure Griffin to the home to sell him marijuana. But instead, LaBruzzo said, Griffin was shot four times in the chest and left for dead.

Florida law allows a person to be convicted of murder if he was participating in a felony crime when it occurred, he said, even if he did not start out with a plan to kill.

'Hiccup girl' co-defendant found guilty of murder, gets life in prison 08/30/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 10:09pm]
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