CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A woman who gained fame because of her uncontrollable hiccupping and is now on trial accused of murder charges wept on Friday while her attorney gave his closing argument.
It was the fifth and final day in the trial of Jennifer Mee, the 22-year-old St. Petersburg woman accused of setting up a robbery that went bad and ended in murder.
Mee didn't take the witness stand in her defense during the trial.
Officials say Mee lured the victim to an abandoned home under the pretense of buying marijuana in October of 2010. Once there, two of Mee's friends robbed him at gunpoint — but the victim struggled and was shot four times.
Mee and two men were charged in the death of Shannon Griffin, a 22-year-old Wal-Mart worker.
Mee's co-defendant, LaRon Raiford, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in August. Lamont Newton, the other co-defendant who was also Mee's boyfriend at the time of the crime, has not yet gone to trial.
Attorney John Trevena — Mee's attorney — said his client did not orchestrate the robbery and that jurors don't have enough evidence to convict her.
As a 15-year-old, Mee developed a case of the hiccups that wouldn't go away. Videos of her hiccupping, and of her trying to quell the hiccups, gained her national attention.
Attorneys agreed Friday that the jurors can choose among four possible verdicts for Mee: Guilty of murder with a life sentence; accessory after the fact with up to 30 years; manslaughter with up to 15 years; or not guilty.