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Competency evaluation ordered for "Hiccup Girl" Jennifer Mee; murder trial on hold

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(CBS/AP) CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jennifer Mee, a Florida woman, otherwise known as "hiccup girl," who is charged with murder, has been ordered to undergo a last-minute competency evaluation before her trial proceeds.

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Prosecutors and defense attorneys were about to start presenting their cases Wednesday morning against the 22-year-old Mee, but her attorney said he recently discovered that she was schizophrenic, and the judge ordered the evaluation.

Mee, who gained fame in 2007 because of her uncontrollable hiccuping, is 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 - but instead, two of Mee's friends robbed him at gunpoint. Griffin was shot several times.

Mee's prolonged hiccups of up to 50 a minute gained her national attention when she was just 15-years-old. She tried home remedies and consulted medical specialists, a hypnotist and an acupuncturist, before the hiccups finally stopped on their own.

Mee's attorney, John Trevena, has previously claimed Mee was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that can cause involuntary movements and speech problems, reports CBS Miami. Trevena said that hiccups are a symptom of Tourette's and that Mee still suffers from periodic bouts.

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