Skip to comments.Jury Finds 'Hiccup Girl' Guilty of First-Degree Murder
Posted on 09/23/2013 1:18:10 AM PDT by nickcarraway
After deliberating for four hours, a jury Friday night found Jennifer Mee guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Shannon Griffin. Mee, 22, wept in the courtroom as she learned her fate on Friday night. The "hiccup girl" wasn't the only one shedding tears though. Shannon Griffin's mother, Shanna, also cried after hearing the jury's verdict.
Shanna Griffin said that she wanted the trial to be about her son, and the guilty verdict was good for her family right now.
Mee's mother, Rachel Robidoux, walked out of the courtroom without commenting, saying it was "too hard." Mee is one of three defendants to stand trial in Griffin's 2010 robbery and murder. Laron Raiford was tried and convicted earlier, and Newton has yet to stand trial.
Earlier Friday, the prosecution began closing arguments by playing the jailhouse phone call Mee made to her mother Robidoux. In the call, Mee admitted to her mother that she "set everything up."
Robidoux declined to elaborate on the call when asked about it before court Friday.
"I would rather wait until after everything's said and done and speak then," she said. "I'm too worried about everything that's going on." Prosecutors argued that Mee lured Griffin through text messages to a St. Petersburg home under the pretense of buying marijuana. Once there, police say two of Mee's friends, Newton and Raiford, robbed him at gunpoint.
Mee said the murder was the result of a love triangle between Raiford, Jennifer Charron (Mee's former roommate) and Griffin.
Prosecutor Chris Labruzzo told the jury that Griffin would still be alive if he never met Mee.
"We're here today and this week because Jennifer Mee set everything up. More correctly, she set up Shannon Griffin for a robbery," Labruzzo told the jury. Defense attorney John Trevena called Charron to the stand early Friday to try and prove the love triangle theory.
Charron is in a wheelchair due to a spinal infection. and her apartment has no elevator. She needed special arrangements in order to be brought to the courthouse.
In August, Charron was arrested to force her testimony in the case against Raiford, who ultimately was convicted as being the gunman in the murder. Raiford was sentenced to life in prison last month. Off the stand, Charron said she never met the victim.
During the defenses closing arguments, Trevena told the jury that there is not enough evidence to find his client guilty of first-degree murder.
"It is not Ms. Mee's burden to prove to you her innocence," Trevena said.
Mee's defense team says schizophrenia and Tourette's Syndrome contributed to her actions. Mee did not take the stand.
Even though Mee didn't want the jury to consider any lesser charges, the judge decided to allow the jury to consider accessory after the fact and manslaughter.
Ummm....could we please refrain from using the H-word? Those of us who have, at one time or another, suffered from this dread malady, prefer “diaphragmatic flutter.”
We’re here! We flutter! Get used to it!
A guy walks into a bar and says, "Gimme a drink."
Bartender points a gun at him.
Guy says, "Thank you very much," and walks out.
Isn’t it supposed to be “Give me a glass of water?”
Not the way I recall it but that would work too. The rule was that one never gave the answer away until the group correctly determined the answer only answering yes or no to responses. Great fun to fill hours of nothingness like sitting on a radar scope in Vietnam waiting for fighters to check in at night.
Good thing he didn’t ask for a shot too.
What’s the riddle?
I’m not sure what question I’m supposed to answer...
Why would the man be satisfied with a bartender pulling a gun on him when he asked for a drink?
Well actions have consequences, if you lure a man to get robbed and he ends up being killed, you are as guilty as the one who pulled the trigger.
I assume it was a drink gun.
No. A real gun. When the bartender pulled the gun it scared the man and cured his hiccups, thus my post to thread about Hiccup Girl.
Ah - thanks. I’m slow on Mondays...
It would see either of them would cure the usual case of hiccups.