'Hiccup Girl' denied new trial in Florida

Woman's motion denied by Pinellas-Pasco Circuit judge

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A Pinellas-Pasco circuit judge has denied a woman's motion for a new trial after she was found guilty of first-degree murder.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Jennifer Mee's lawyers claimed the judge erred in matters of jury instructions and said new evidence had surfaced about a key witness. According to the judge's order Thursday, "the defense could not produce a single witness or piece of evidence to support the allegations."

Mee became nationally known as a high school student when she suffered bouts of hiccups that lasted weeks at a time. In 2010, she and two roommates were arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Shannon Griffin.

Police said Mee lured Griffin to a home, where her roommates planned to rob him. Instead, Griffin was shot and killed.

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