'Hiccup Girl' murder trial resumes in Florida

AP News
Posted: Sep 18, 2013 11:59 AM

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A court psychologist says a Florida woman who gained fame because of her uncontrollable hiccupping and was later charged with murder is competent to stand trial.

Opening statements in the trail were delayed Wednesday pending the evaluation. Prosecutors started presenting their case against 22-year-old Jennifer Mee just before noon.

The judge ordered the evaluation after Mee's attorney said he recently discovered she was schizophrenic.

She's charged in the 2010 death of Shannon Griffin in St. Petersburg. Prosecutors say Mee lured Griffin to a home under the pretense of buying marijuana. Once there, two of Mee's friends robbed him at gunpoint. Griffin was shot several times.

As a teen, Mee suffered from prolonged hiccups of up to 50 a minute in 2007. Videos of her hiccupping gained her national attention.