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Date set for 'Hiccup Girl' murder trial

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  • Jennifer Mee became famous for a bout of hiccups that lasted for weeks
  • Mee is accused of planning to rob a man she meant online
  • The alleged robbery ended in a fatal shooting
Date set for 'Hiccup Girl' murder trial

Jennifer Mee, who became famous for a bout of hiccups that lasted for weeks, has a date for her murder trial.

In 2007, Mee’s struggle with constant hiccups earned her the nickname “Hiccup Girl.” She appeared on the NBC’s "Today Show" and doctors were stumped, but the hiccups eventually went away.

Mee is now facing a first-degree murder charge for allegedly luring a man into a robbery that ended in murder.

CNN reports that Mee met 22-year-old Shannon Griffin by “friending” him on a social networking site. Around 10 p.m. the night Griffin died, he told his family that he was going to meet a woman. Griffin drove his scooter to an encounter with Mee at a vacant home. Police say Mee led Griffin to the back of the home, where Laron Raiford and Lamont Newton were waiting with a .38 caliber handgun.

Police say the robbery went awry and Griffin was shot and killed when struggling with the defendants.

On Monday, a Pinellas County, Florida, judge set a September 10, 2012, trial date for Mee and her two co-defendants. 

In the hearing Monday, the judge also considered a request to have Mee and her two co-defendants tried separately, but decided to rule on that issue on a future date.

Ron Stuart, the public information officer for Pinellas County Courts, says the defendants are considering plea deals that could resolve the cases.

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