A young woman who first attracted national attention for a stubborn case of hiccups will be tried separately from her co-defendants, a judge has ruled. Jennifer Mee, 20, is charged with felony murder for allegedly luring a man she met online into an alleyway where police say her boyfriend, Lamont Newton, and their friend Laron Raiford, robbed and killed him. The victim, Shannon Griffin, 22, reportedly thought he was going on a date with Mee.
During a pre-trial hearing in Pinellas County court Monday, a judge granted Mee’s attorney’s motion to have Mee tried separately from Newton and Raiford. All three appeared in court today and separate trial dates were set for each. Mee’s trial is set to begin on May 14, 2013.
In 2007, Mee enjoyed a brief stint in the media spotlight after a bout of hiccups that would not go away for three weeks landed her a spot as a guest on the Today Show. After her appearance, during which she met country singer Keith Urban, Today reported that Mee’s affliction was cured in a follow-up feature entitled “Happy Ending for Hiccup Girl.” Mee’s happy ending was short-lived however; she returned to the spotlight in 2010, this time facing a first-degree murder charge. The hiccups have returned on occasion during her ordeal. In an interview with Today, Mee said her brief fame caused her to go astray and take “the path of the devil.”