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'Hiccup Girl' Jennifer Mee went from laughter to tears as police interviewed her about murder

ST. PETERSBURG — The woman known as "Hiccup Girl" seemed almost carefree just before police interviewed her about the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Shannon Griffin.

Jennifer Mee was sitting down in the St. Petersburg Police Department's homicide unit in October when officers discussed the other suspects they had just interviewed. One detective later described her this way:

"She was swinging the chair from side to side and laughing, (and) Mee was talking about not having eaten much that day and laughing about the expiration date on a candy bar given to her by Sgt. Skinner. She did not appear to be concerned or worried."

But once police began interviewing her, "she began to sob heavily and she was using her shirt to wipe her face," according to police and court records reviewed this week by the St. Petersburg Times that provide more details about the case.

Mee, 19, then confessed to contacting Griffin and luring him to a meeting with her, which she said was part of a plan to rob him, according to the records.

Mee became a nationally publicized media sensation at age 15 because of her case of hiccups that wouldn't stop. After repeated television appearances, she was eventually diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome.

She had dropped out of the news until her arrest in October on the murder charge.

Police have said Mee contacted Griffin through a social networking site, and that her boyfriend Lamont Antonio Newton, 22, and another friend, Laron Cordale Raiford, 20, planned to rob him.

Griffin was shot and killed. Now Mee, Newton and Raiford are all charged with first-degree murder.

'Hiccup Girl' Jennifer Mee went from laughter to tears as police interviewed her about murder 01/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 10:24am]
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