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"Hiccup Girl" Jennifer Mee Seeks $50,000 Bail as Hiccups Return in Court

"Hiccup Girl" Jennifer Mee Asks Fla. Judge for Bail
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS/AP/WTSP) The attorney for murder suspect Jennifer Mee, the Florida teen who garnered attention three years ago for her uncontrollable bout of hiccups, asked a Pinellas County judge to set his client's bail at $50,000 Tuesday while Mee sobbed and hiccupped in court.

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Mee, 19, is currently being held in the Pinellas County jail without bond.

Trevena argued before the judge that Mee needed medical tests for possible brain damage and claimed that if released her family would watch her, but prosecutors disagreed, saying that Mee "has a history of running away from home" and that her family couldn't control her. 

Mee, of St. Petersburg, and alleged accomplices Laron Raiford and Lamont Newton, have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 22-year old Shannon Griffin.

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, Mee lured Griffin to a vacant home where the two others robbed him Oct. 23 and then shot him several times. Maj. Mike Kovacsev of the St. Petersburg police said authorities do not believe Mee fired the gun.

Last Tuesday Trevena claimed his client had been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, a neurological disorder that can cause involuntary movements and speech problems, and that the condition may have played a role in the fatal robbery - an argument he may use in Mee's defense.

The judge said he will consider the danger to the community, the case against Mee, and the flight risk she poses before issuing a ruling Friday.

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