Trial begins Monday for w. Bloomfield grandma charged with murder

74-year-old Sandra Layne accused of shooting Jonathon Hoffman

Published On: Dec 06 2012 08:53:55 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 28 2013 11:41:26 AM EST
Sandra Layne Feb 28
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

The trial for the West Bloomfield grandmother who is accused of shooting, and killing, her 17-year-old grandson last year is scheduled to begin Monday.

Sandra Layne, 74, is charged with open murder in the death of Jonathan Hoffman.

Defense attorney Jerome Sabbota has said the killing was in self-defense.

Uncut: Grandmother charged with open murder

Hoffman had been living with his grandparents so he could stay in Farmington schools while his divorced parents settled in Arizona, said his father, Michael Hoffman, of Scottsdale, Ariz.

The teenager had legal problems over drugs and had conflicts with his grandmother.

UNCUT VIDEO: Grandmother's court hearing May 24, 2012

Toxicology results revealed Hoffman has substances linked to K2 spice in his urine but none were detected in his blood. That means Hoffman was not under K2 at the time of his death, but had used the synthetic drug within a couple of days prior to his death

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Prior dispute at West Bloomfield home

Police were called to the home in March for a dispute between Layne and her grandson. According to police, Jonathan Hoffman was in the street screaming and was out of control. No charges were filed

Jonathan Hoffman

Sandra Layne was charged with open murder on after police say she shot and killed her 17-year-old grandson, Jonathan Hoffman, on Friday at her West Bloomfield Township home.

Sandra Layne mug

---Sandra Layne was arrested in May at her West Bloomfield Township home after her grandson called 911 to say he had been shot.

Watch: Teen's friends react to his death

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