West Bloomfield teen tells 911 operator his grandmother shot him

Call played during preliminary hearing

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - A West Bloomfield grandmother has been bound over and will face trial on charges she shot and killed her own grandson.

Sandra Layne bound over for trial following a Monday preliminary hearing. Layne was in tears at times as she listened to the evidence police say proves she shot and killed Jonathon Hoffman, her own grandson.

Layne has been charged with open murder and a firearms charge.

She appeared in 48th District Court Monday.

Among the evidence presented during her preliminary hearing was the 911 call Hoffman made after being shot.

On the 911 call Hoffman can he heard telling the dispatcher that he had been shot by his grandmother and pleading for help. The dispatcher then calms the boy down and asks where he was hit. Hoffman responds that he was shot in the chest.

Just minutes later another shot can be heard before Hoffman screams that he had been shot again.  He asked the dispatcher for help again.

Layne could be seen sobbing while listen to the recording.

On the tape, it appeared there was some type of argument with another person. Layne's attorney, Jerome Sabbota confirmed the other person was Layne.

The 74-year-old is accused of shooting and killing Hoffman in her West Bloomfield home in May. Neighbors have told 7 Action News that she feared for her life because Hoffman was using the synthetic drug K2 that is believed to have played a role in the Cipriano murders.

Most of the family members attending the preliminary hearing were supportive of Layne.

Several officers took the stand with similar accounts of what they witnessed the day Hoffman died.  After police were dispatched to the Layne's home they testified they could hear two or three more shots from inside the residence.

Officer Derick Kassab told Judge Kimberly Small he yelled for a woman to come out of the home.   When she finally came out she told police she had shot her grandson.

As investigators searched the house Officer Kassab told the court Layne was hysterial and kept inquiring about her grandson's condition.

Dr . Ruben Ortiz - Reyes from the Oakland County Medical Examiner's office testified he performed the autopsy.  He confirmed the teen suffered five gunshot wounds.  He said Hoffman was struck in the chest and one time in the arm and ruled his death a homicide.

The alleged fatal altercation between Hoffman and Layne was not the first time there was a domestic disturbance involving the two. Police were called to the scene back in March but no charges were ever filed in that incident.

Sabotta said his client was trying to help her grandson but was also frightened of him. 

Hoffman had been living with his grandparents after his parents moved out of state.

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