Michigan Grandmother to Be Tried for Shooting Grandson


0  Updated at 2:21 am, July 3rd, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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David De Lossy/Thinkstock(WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich.) — A 74-year-old Michigan grandmother has been ordered to stand trial for murdering her 17-year-old grandson at her home in West Bloomfield this past May.  Prosecutors say Sandra Layne shot Jonathan Hoffman five times.

Layne’s neighbors say Hoffman lived with his grandparents, and she had feared for her life because he was allegedly using the synthetic drug K2.

Recordings of the teen’s 911 call were played in court on Monday.  

“I’ve just been shot.  My grandma shot me.  I’m going to do die.  Help,” Hoffman is heard yelling.

Layne’s defense attorney, Jerome Sabotta, indicated after the hearing that his client acted in self-defense, saying the 911 tape indicates Hoffman grabbed his grandmother and held her.  

Sabatta says Layne “is in her own hell,” adding, she “killed the person that she loved, that she tried to save.”

Several police officers testified during the hearing, including one officer who said Layne walked out of her home with her hands up and yelled, “I murdered my grandson.”

Most of the family members in court Monday are supportive of Layne, who is being held without bond.  She faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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