(The Blaze/AP) – A 74-year-old Michigan woman accused of shooting her teenage grandson at their suburban Detroit home will stand trial on murder and firearms charges, a judge ruled Monday after a police officer testified the woman emerged from the home screaming, “I murdered my grandson.”
Sandra Layne is accused of repeatedly shooting 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman on May 18 at the West Bloomfield Township condo that she and her husband shared with the boy. Her attorneys say she acted in self-defense. If convicted, she could face up to life in prison.
A recording of the emergency call made by Hoffman was played Monday at the Bloomfield Township District Court in Oakland County, where a judge is hearing evidence to decide if the grandmother should stand trial for murder.
“I’ve just been shot,” Hoffman tells the emergency operator. “My grandma shot me. I’m going to die. Help.”
The operator tries to keep the boy on the line and, a few minutes later, Jonathan began speaking again.
“I got shot, shot again. Please help. Help,” he said, as a woman’s shouts are heard in the background.
Arriving officers heard three shots inside the home and yelled for anyone inside to come out, Officer Derrick Kassab testified.
Kassab said Layne emerged from the condo with her hands raised and screaming, “I murdered my grandson!” He said Layne was hysterical and kept asking officers how her grandson was doing.
Inside, police found blood on the floors and walls, and Hoffman lying on the floor on the second floor, Sgt. Joseph Spencer testified.
A deputy medical exam testified that Hoffman was shot five times. The teen also had traces of synthetic marijuana in his urine, tests showed.
After the hearing, defense lawyer Jerome Sabbota said Layne was acting in self-defense.
“If you listen closely to the 911 tape, he’s grabbing onto her and he’s holding her. He’s not letting her go,” her lawyer said.
Jonathan was attending an alternative school and had previous brushes with the law, Sabbota said.
“This was a child who was dumped on her,” the lawyer said. “She killed a person she loved who she was trying to save.”
The altercation that ultimately ended in Hoffman's death was not the first between him and his grandmother, WXYZ reports. Police reportedly responded to a domestic disturbance call at the house back in March but no charges were filed in that case.
Hoffman was living with his grandparents following his parents' departure from the state.
Watch the initial report from WXYZ about the tragic incident here: