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Arguments set for today in 'Hiccup Girl's' appeal of murder conviction

Jennifer Mee reacts at a September 2013 hearing in a Pinellas County courtroom as jurors are questioned about pretrial publicity at the start of her trial for first degree murder.
Jennifer Mee reacts at a September 2013 hearing in a Pinellas County courtroom as jurors are questioned about pretrial publicity at the start of her trial for first degree murder.
Published May 20, 2015

Lawyers on Wednesday were scheduled to conduct oral arguments in an appeal for Jennifer Mee, the woman known as the "Hiccup Girl" who was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder ( tbtim.es/ijw) in the death of Shannon Griffin in St. Petersburg.

The arguments will be held before a three-judge panel of the Second District Court of Appeal, meeting at the Stetson Tampa Law Center. Typically, the court's opinions are issued weeks or months afterward.

During the trial, prosecutors said Mee and two men in 2010 had lured Griffin to a home in St. Petersburg for the purpose of robbing him. But one of the others shot and killed Griffin.

The case received extra publicity because of previous news coverage about Mee. Years earlier, she appeared on nationwide news programs and in local media because she had an uncontrollable case of hiccups ( tbtim.es/ijx).

Attorney John Trevena, who handled the trial, was scheduled to argue before the appellate court Wednesday. In court papers, he has argued Mee should get a new trial for several reasons. Among other things, he says jurors should have been told they could find that the killer committed an "independent act" — going beyond the original plan and committing a crime that Mee was not part of.