A hearing to determine whether “Hiccup Girl” Jennifer Mee will be tried separately from her co-defendants was set to take place today in a Pinellas County, Fla., courtroom. ABC Action News reports that the hearing, previously scheduled for March 23, has once again been postponed. 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.
In 2007, Jennifer Mee enjoyed a brief stint in the media spotlight after a bout of hiccups that would not go away for 3 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.” She and her co-defendants are scheduled to stand trial together in September, unless a judge rules that Mee should be tried separately.