On the third day of her trial for felony murder, a Pinellas jury heard Jennifer Mee talk about a robbery-turned-homicide -- twice, in separate recorded statements.
Mee became well known as the "Hiccup Girl" in 2007, when videos of her non-stop hiccupping went viral. By 2010, at the age of 19, she had dropped out of school and was living with Laron Raiford and Lamont Newton.
St. Petersburg police claim Mee met 22-year old Shannon Griffin on the Internet, arranged a meeting with Griffin. After Griffin's bullet-riddled body was found in an alley, and Raiford and Newton were taken into custody for questioning, a detective interviewed Mee as a witness.
"What I thought was really going to happen, I thought they were just going to try to rob the man, beat him up," Mee is heard saying in a recording. "But when the man tried to grab for the barrel, Laron thought that was the man trying to take Laron's life..."
After Mee was interviewed again and charged with felony murder, she called her mother from the booking area of the Pinellas County jail. The jury also heard a recording of that conversation:
MEE: I'm in jail.
MOTHER: Why are you in jail?
MEE: It's for murder in the first degree.
MOTHER: Who'd you kill?
MEE: I didn't kill nobody.
MOTHER: Well then how are they charging you with attempted murder?
MEE: Because I set everything up. It all went wrong, Mommy. It just went downhill after everything happened.
MOTHER: Who were you trying to kill, Jennifer?
MEE: Nobody. It wasn't even supposed to happen like that mom.
MOTHER: Well, something happened, obviously, Jennifer, if you in jail.
MEE: It was OK, me Lamont and Laron, all right, (garbled) so I told him to come meet me over at the park where I, where you used to stand, and the boys followed me into the little alleyway and Laron pulled a gun out on him and the guy went to go reach for the gun and pulled the barrel..."
Laron Raiford was convicted last month of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Mee will receive the same penalty if the jury finds her guilty of felony murder.
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