Hiccup Girl Charged with Murder After Robbery Gone Wrong
Jennifer Ann Mee, 19, was once known as “Hiccup Girl.” Now, she is transcending her reputation as the girl who couldn’t stop hiccupping to the girl who lured a 22-year-old man into a trap that ultimately led to his murder.
Mee admitted luring the victim, Shannon Griffin, to a house across from her apartment building. St. Petersburg Police Chief said Monday that Mee met Griffin through a website recently, and planned with her friends Laron Raiford, 20, and Lamont Newtown, 22, to rob him at gunpoint.
The robbery went seriously wrong when Griffin struggled during the robbery, and was then shot several times. He died at the scene. Less than $50 was stolen from Griffin.
All three suspects were taken into custody Sunday afternoon. Investigators say they confessed to their roles in the crime and are now all charged with 1st degree felony murder. They were denied bond by a Pinellas County judge during their first court appearances Monday.
Mee made headlines across the world in 2007 as the teenager who could not stop hiccupping, up to 50 times a minute, for months. She tried home remedies and consulted medical specialists, a hypnotist and an acupuncturist, until the hiccups finally just stopped on their own.
Mee’s mother Rachel Robidoux spoke to WFLZ’s “MJ Morning Show” Monday morning, and said she was shocked by her daughter’s arrest, which she learned of Sunday night, just as the police department issued a press release about the arrest.
“Knowing my daughter, I don’t think she knew what was going to happen because that’s not Jennifer,” Robidoux said. “She’s not out to hurt anyone.”
Robidoux said Mee had never been arrested before, but that the notoriety she received as “Hiccup Girl” troubled her. “All of a sudden people knew her name and she would talk to them on different chat sites, and they would act like they knew her when they didn’t,” she said. “She’s very naive, and I just think she was getting herself into stuff when she didn’t know what she was doing.”
If you have been charged with armed or aggravated robbery, contact a criminal defense attorney that understands the defense strategies necessary.
A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer encourages his or her clients to immediately complete community service hours, enter a gun safety course and write a letter of apology to the victim. By being proactive, show the prosecution your true character and work with them to reduce some of the consequences.