Jennifer Mee, better known as Hiccup Girl, will spend the rest of her life behind bars
WFTS Staff , Fallon Silcox , Jacqueline Ingles
2:47 PM, Sep 20, 2013
11:25 PM, Sep 21, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. -
UPDATE 11:30 p.m.
A jury has found Jennifer Mee, who is better known as Hiccup Girl, guilty of first degree felony murder in the shooting death of Shannon Griffin.
Mee will spend the rest of her life behind bars without the possibility of parole.
As the verdict was read, Mee broke down in tears and began crying hysterically. Her defense team had hoped the jury would convict her on a lesser charge like manslaughter or accessory to murder.
Mee's mother was unable to make it back into the courtroom for the verdict. By the time she arrived, she found her daughter handcuffed and in tears. She later learned from family members that her daughter would spend the rest of her life in prison.
Mee's mother declined to talk to media.
Mee has 30 days to appeal her conviction. If she chooses to do so, she will go with the public defender.
Her attorney, John Trevena, also declined to comment to ABC Action News.
Griffin's mother and cousin did express their relief at the guilty verdict.
"It is just too much right now because we are still grieving and we just wanted it to be about him," said Shanna Griffin.
EARLIER FRIDAY AFTERNOON
A jury has started deliberating the fate of Jennifer Mee.
Mee, who became known as the "Hiccup Girl" when her hiccups lasted for months in 2007, is charged in the 2010 murder of Shannon Griffin.
Prosecutors started their closing arguments on Friday with the jailhouse call Mee made to her mother.
>Listen to Mee's call in the media player.
In a jail house call played in the Clearwater courtroom, 22-year-old Mee is heard telling her mother, "I set everything up."
The setup she's referring to happened in 2010, when Griffin and Mee met on a social networking site and were supposed to meet up for a date.
Instead of a romantic meet up, police say the then 19-year-old Mee lured Griffin into a robbery, when Laron Raiford and Lamont Newton robbed him at gunpoint.
Officials say Griffin struggled with the two men and was shot several times.
However Mee's defense attorney says it wasn't a setup, it was a messy love-triangle gone awry.
Earlier Friday, the defense called Jennifer Charron to the stand. She is the woman the defense claims was at the center of a love triangle that ultimately led to Shannon Griffin's murder.
The defense also mentioned days ago that Mee had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. A court psychologist quickly evaluated Mee to make sure she was fit to stand trial.
If convicted, Mee will face life in prison without the possibility of parole.