​Michigan Grandma Kills Grandson Murder Trial Resumes With Testimony

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March 15, 2013

Michigan grandma, Sandra Layne, kills her grandson by shooting him six times. Now, she is on trial facing first-degree murder charges. On Wednesday, she cried on the witness stand as she told jurors why she felt she had no other option than to shoot her the 17-year-old.

Layne, 75, is claiming that her the young man kicked her in the abdomen and demanded money and a car to leave Michigan. She took her grandson, Jonathan Hoffman, in to live with her after his parents divorced and moved to Arizona.

She stated that she “adored” the 17-year-old, but their relationship changed when the teen got involved with drugs.

“Did you want to kill this young man?” defense attorney Jerome Sabbota asked.

“Of course not. I still love him,” Layne replied, crying and nervously rocking in the witness chair.

According to authorities, she fired 10 shots, striking Hoffman six times, even while he was on the phone with 911 begging for help from their West Bloomfield Township home.

An autopsy revealed that traces of so-called synthetic marijuana, known as K2 or Spice, was found in his body.

On the day of the shooting, Layne said, Hoffman had flunked a drug test and was at risk of being sent to jail for violating probation in a marijuana case. She said he demanded $2,000 and the keys to her car.

“I went into my bedroom and started looking for the gun,” Layne said. “I wanted him to pay attention to me. He had to listen. It wasn’t a conversation. It was arguing. Swearing.”

She said she shot Hoffman after he kicked her and struck her in the head. Layne then rushed to the basement from a third-floor loft to hide. She said she returned and shot the teen again after he grabbed for the gun.

“I was afraid it would start all over again,” Layne testified.

If convicted of first-degree murder, she will face life in prison without the possibility of parole.