Sandra Layne, Jonathan Hoffman grandmother shooting case case update: Layne found guilty
WXYZ.com Web Staff
4:53 PM, Mar 19, 2013
4:58 PM, Mar 19, 2013
PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) - Sandra Layne, the grandmother who is accused of murdering her teenage grandson, has been found guilty of second degree murder.
Family members were in the courtroom as the verdict was read.
Jurors began deliberations on Monday and quickly came to a unanimous verdict.
During jury deliberations on Monday, jurors asked to see several items including the gun, a Glock 17, Sandra Layne used to shoot Jonathan Hoffman multiple times.
Layne took the stand during the trial and claimed she and her 17-year-old grandson had been arguing after he failed a court-ordered drug test and wanted money to leave town because he feared he would be sent to jail.
The West Bloomfield woman says she confronted Jonathan with the gun to make him talk to her and she feared how he might react since he had broken things in the past. Layne said Jonathan had never assaulted her before, but claims when she confronted him that day, he kicked her in the chest and hit her in the face, prompting her to shoot.
Prosecutors pointed out to jurors that Layne never called for help on any of the 11 phones in her condominium or her cell phone.
Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton also told the jury that instead of leaving her home after shooting her grandson the first time, Layne went to the basement and then returned to Jonathan in his upstairs bedroom area and shot him again.
Layne's defense attorney told the jury that his client wanted to check on her grandson when she went back upstairs and only shot him again when he grabbed her and tried to get the gun.
Jurors are rarely allowed to ask witnesses any questions, but when Layne was on the stand they asked her why she didn't call 911 after shooting her grandson at least once.
The 75-year-old replied, "When I was in the basement, all I was thinking was that I had to hide. I was terrified."