Jurors ask Sandra Layne why didn't she call 911 after shooting her 17-year-old grandson

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) - On her second day of testifying in her own defense, Sandra Layne faced tough questions from some of the jurors who will decide if she murdered her 17-year-old grandson or if she killed Jonathan Hoffman in self-defense.

The jurors passed their questions to Judge Denise Langford-Morris - who then read them out loud for Layne to hear.

Judge Langford-Morris, "Why did you think the gun was going to calm him down?

Layne replied, "That's just what I thought. I don't know why. I didn't know what to do. I just didn't know what to do."

Layne had earlier testified that her grandson had failed a court-ordered drug test and was yelling - saying he didn't want to go to jail.

Some jurors also wanted to know more about Layne's  claim that her grandson was chasing her after the 75-year-old had shot him at least once.

Another juror question: "How did there come to be shots in the master bedroom and the kitchen, along with Jonathan's blood? Were you chasing him or was he chasing you? ".

Layne responded saying, " I was being chased. I don't know how. I don't recall. It's terrible that I don't remember."

The teenager was able to call 911 after he had been shot at least once by his grandmother.

Layne, never called 911 or ran out of her West Bloomfield condominium for help. She testified that she ran to the basement to hide from her grandson and then went back upstairs with her gun to check on him.

Layne testified that when she returned to Jonathan's upstairs bedroom, he attacked her again and she shot him again.

Jonathan was still on the phone with 911 when he moans that his grandmother has shot him again. The teen was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

"Why didn't you call 911 after you went to the basement ?" was the last juror question.

Layne responded saying, "When I was in the basement, all I was thinking was that I had to hide. I was terrified."

Now that both sides have rested their cases, they will prepare their closing arguments and deliver them to the jury Monday morning.

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