ST PETERSBURG (Florida) - A TEENAGER who became famous after hiccuping uncontrollably for weeks has been charged with luring a man she met online to a house where he was robbed and fatally shot.

Jennifer Mee, 19, of St Petersburg and two others are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shannon Griffin, 22, on Saturday. Mee's unusual condition landed her on NBC's Today Show in 2007 and got her a hug from country star Keith Urban.

But her life seemed to fall into disarray when the hiccups finally stopped five weeks after they started. She ran away from home twice and her family has sued a hiccup cure company for allegedly using her image for profit without permission.

'I've said for a while now, her case of the hiccups wasn't a case of the hiccups, it was a curse of the hiccups,' Mee's mother, Rachel Robidoux, told the 93.3 WFLZ 'MJ Morning Show' in Tampa on Monday. She said she did not know exactly what happened to Griffin, but described the situation as a nightmare and said her daughter had not lived with her in a year.

St Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon said on Monday that Mee met Griffin through a website recently and lured him to a house across the street from her apartment building, where the two others robbed him at gunpoint.

Griffin struggled and was shot several times. Chief Harmon said it was a robbery gone awry and that less than US$50 was stolen from Griffin, who had worked at a Walmart for at least a year and was supposed to be on vacation this week.

Murder charge for 'Hiccup girl'