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'Hiccup girl' charged with murder in Florida

A Tampa Bay woman who was plagued by uncontrollable hiccups for months is charged in the killing of a man during a robbery, police said.

Jennifer Mee, 19, of St. Petersburg and two others are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shannon Griffin, 22, on Saturday.

Mee lured Griffin to a home where the others robbed him at gunpoint, Sgt. T.A. Skinner of the St. Petersburg Police Department said in a late Sunday news release. Griffin struggled with the suspects and was shot several times, police said.

Mee and the others admitted their involvement, Skinner said.

Mee was being held without bond early Monday. Pinellas County jail records did not show whether she had an attorney. Telephone numbers listed for Mee's mother have been disconnected.

Mee's hiccups — up to 50 times a minute for months — gained her notoriety in 2007. She tried home remedies and consulted medical specialists, a hypnotist and an acupuncturist, until the hiccups finally just stopped on their own.

Mee is no longer suffering from the hiccups, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

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