You may remember seeing Jennifer Mee online or on TV for her strange condition a few years ago, but today Mee is in the news for an entirely different reason. Charged with first-degree murder, Mee's trial began in a Florida courtroom today.
Mee first gained notoriety in 2007, when video of the then-15-year-old hiccuping up to 50 times per minute went viral. Her attempts to fix the problem, including consulting doctors, a hypnotist, and an acupuncturist were also documented and led to several TV appearances. CBS reports that the hiccups eventually stopped on their own.
In 2010, Mee allegedly met 22-year-old Shannon Griffin online and lured him to a vacant home in St. Petersburg, Fla. under the guise of buying marijuana. Griffin was then robbed at gunpoint by two other men and was shot four times after struggling with them. LaRon Raiford, who is one of Mee's co-defendants, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last month, while Lamont Newton is still awaiting trial as a second co-defendant. Newton was reportedly Mee's boyfriend at the time of the murder.
Mee's trial officially began with the selection of jurors on Tuesday, with opening arguments scheduled for Wednesday morning. A judge will also decide whether to keep Mee in jail or release her on bond.
ABC also noted that Mee, now 22, hiccuped in front of the judge back when she was formally charged. When asked whether it was an act, defense attorney John Trevena, who says his client suffers from Tourette's Syndrome and schizophrenia, called that allegation "offensive."
If convicted, Mee will face life in prison without possibility of parole.