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'Hiccup Girl' on Trial for Murder

September 17, 2013

Tamara Lush, Associated Press

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) A Florida woman who found fame as a teen because of her uncontrollable hiccupping is on trial on a murder charge.

Jury selection is underway Tuesday in the trial of Jennifer Mee.

The 22-year-old Mee is charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 death of Shannon Griffin. Prosecutors say Mee lured Griffin to a home where two other men robbed him at gunpoint. Griffin struggled with the suspects and was shot several times.

Mee's prolonged hiccups of up to 50 a minute gained her national attention in 2007. She tried home remedies and consulted medical specialists, a hypnotist and an acupuncturist, until the hiccups finally stopped on their own. She appeared on several TV shows and while on the "Today" show, was hugged by fellow guest and country music star Keith Urban.

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Original headline: 'Hiccup Girl' on trial on murder charge in Florida



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