A grandma shot her grandson five times as he called 911, according to prosecutors. The 75-year-old grandmother is accused of shooting and killing her 17-year-old grandson in Pontiac, Michigan early last year.
Jonathan Hoffman was reportedly staying with his grandmother, Sandra Layne, as his parents worked through their divorce. Layne’s attorney contends that the boy was experiencing problems and was becoming difficult for the grandmother to control.
As reported by CBS News, the teen had previous run-ins with police in the months preceding the shooting. In March 2012, the teen was reportedly arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Later that same month, Layne had contacted police complaining that the teen was out of control. Hoffman eventually calmed down and was not arrested.
Two months later on May 18, 911 dispatchers received a call from the teen stating that his grandmother was shooting him. As reported by the Huffington Post, the recorded call was played during Layne’s preliminary hearing last summer:
“I’ve just been shot. My grandma shot me. I’m going to die. Help … I got shot, shot again. Please help. Help.”
Gunshots can be heard in the background during the recorded call. It was later revealed that the grandma shot her grandson a total of five times as he called 911 for help.
Authorities responding to the teen’s call report finding the Layne with her hands over her head, yelling “I murdered my grandson.” The grandmother was arrested and taken into custody for murder.
Police later recovered a Glock 9mm handgun and nine spent cartridges from the home Layne shared with her grandson.
Layne’s murder trial began Monday with opening statements from the prosecutor and defense attorney Jerome Sabbota. Prosecutors openly admitted that the teen was found to have K2 in his system. The prosecution contends that the trace amounts, found in his urine, indicate the substance had been in his system too long to cause behavioral changes.
The defense presented their opening statements, stating that the teen was well loved and respected by his grandmother. They contend that Layne shot her grandson in self defense as he had physically assaulted her. Attorney Sabbota stated that Layne’s fear of her grandson led to her purchase of the gun.
The prosecution is expected to spend the next two weeks proving that the grandma shot her grandson. Layne is expected to take the stand in her defense this week as the trial continues.