March trial set for grandma in teen shooting death

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A March trial has been scheduled for a 74-year-old woman charged in the shooting death of her 17-year-old grandson.

Sandra Layne faces first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of Jonathan Hoffman. She appeared Thursday in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac for a hearing.

She's scheduled to return to court Feb. 28 for a final pretrial and a tentative March 4 trial date was set.

Defense attorney Jerome Sabbota told reporters that Layne's health is deteriorating in jail. He has said the killing was in self-defense.

Jonathan was living with Layne and her husband in May in West Bloomfield Township while his mother and father were divorcing and living outside Michigan.

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