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'Hiccup Girl' not allowed to leave jail to attend grandmother's funeral

LARGO — The St. Petersburg teen known as "Hiccup Girl" won't be able to leave jail this week to attend her maternal grandmother's funeral, according to her attorney.

Jennifer Mee, 19, is in jail on a first-degree murder charge. Mee, Lamont Antonio Newton, 22, and Laron Cordale Raiford, 20, are accused of killing Shannon Griffin, 22, in a robbery gone bad in St. Petersburg in October.

Her attorney, John Trevena, said the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office denied her request to attend services on Tuesday.

"It's devastating to her," Trevena said. "She was close to her grandmother, who helped raise her at one point."

A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

St. Petersburg police say Mee met Griffin on a social networking website, then lured him to a vacant home, where he was robbed and fatally shot.

Since their arrests, Mee, Newton and Raiford have been held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

Mee gained international fame for her unstoppable hiccups. At the peak of the mysterious malady, the teen hiccupped up to 50 times a minute.

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