Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Plea bargain talks ongoing in murder case against "Hiccup Girl" Jennifer Mee and two others

LARGO — Discussions of possible plea bargains are continuing in a murder case against three people, including Jennifer Mee, who has been known as the "Hiccup Girl."

Mee, 20, and co-defendants Lamont Newton, 23, and Laron Raiford, 21, are accused of plotting to meet 22-year-old Shannon Griffin in St. Petersburg and rob him. Instead he was shot and killed.

All three of the defendants are scheduled to come to court for a hearing on Jan. 30 and go on trial together starting Feb. 7.

But discussion in court on Wednesday made it clear that things could change before then. Assistant State Attorney Jan Olney said at least some of the defendants have made offers to the state —- typically a defendant offers to plead guilty to a reduced charge, in exchange for a sentence that is below the maximum. The offers are still under consideration.

Also, defense attorneys indicated they are considering filing motions to have the three tried separately.

Mee, of St. Petersburg, gained nationwide notoriety as a teenager because of a case of hiccups that wouldn't quit. A video of her hiccuping became a 2007 Internet sensation.

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