Testimony begins in Hiccup Girl Jennifer Mee's murder trial

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Jennifer Mee in court on the first day of her murder trial on Tuesday, September 17 2013.

Pinellas County, Florida - Jennifer Mee gained notoriety in 2007 for her incessant hiccups. She was 15 then. 

Now 22, Mee is charged with first degree murder and tends toward tears, but her trial still begins with a bit of a hiccup.

Prosecutors and the judge were surprised by brand new information coming from defense attorney John Trevena. Trevena told them that he just found out from Mee on Tuesday that she's been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

That revelation produced a lot of discussion and a quick evaluation of Mee by a court psychologist to make sure she was competent to stand trial.

Prosecutors contend that Mee, along with two men, lured Shannon Griffin to a house in St. Pete in order to rob him and that Griffin was killed during a struggle with a gun.

"She set everything up," prosecutor Christopher LaBruzzo told the jury while pointing directly at Mee. "She set everything up."

But Trevena will point his finger at another woman -- a prosecution witness -- and present a completely different crime scenario to jurors: one involving a love triangle.

"We believe the evidence will show that Miss [Jennifer] Charron was likely the participant," said Travena during his opening statement.

One of the first witnesses on Wednesday was Douglas Bolden, the victim's cousin. Bolden testified that the last time he saw his relative alive, that Griffin was excited about going out to meet a girl.

"He got dressed, put on his best gear," said Bolden smiling at the thought. "And my memory of the last time of seeing him... is him smelling like a bunch of cologne."

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