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St Pete hiccup girl back in court

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

St. Petersburg girl who made national news in 2007 when she couldn't get rid of her hiccups was back in court Friday morning.

Jennifer Mee now faces a first degree murder charge for her involvement in the death of 22-year-old Shannon Griffin. St. Petersburg Police say she met Griffin over the Internet and lured him to be robbed in October of 2010.  Laron Raiford and Lamont Newton are also facing murder charges.

Friday's hearing revolved around a reluctant witness, Jennifer Charron.  Charron was Raiford's girlfriend and lived with Newton and Mee.   

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley issued an order for her arrest on Thursday, and one day later she appeared in court. "If you cooperate, then we can minimize your inconvenience."  Moate-Ley told Charron Friday morning.  "And you can be, as many witnesses do who are cooperative, they can come to court when it's time for them to come to court and not be one of the witnesses in a murder trial that sits here from Tuesday to Friday because we don't know if we can trust them to come back."

Charron testified initially she lied to detectives about what happened to Griffin.  "It was supposed to be that I had met some guy and LaRon saw him in the park and got jealous and ended up shooting him or something like that. There was a bunch of different stories made up in the beginning to try and explain what had happened. "  Said Charron.  

She later told investigators it was Newton who pulled the trigger.  "He said either he had to kill him or he was going to get killed himself. This is Mr. Newton making these statements? Yes. "

Prosecutors and defense attorneys planned to depose Charron after Friday's pretrial hearing in case she can't appear at future hearings.

Friday's hearing lasted for more than an hour.

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