Jury gets case of Mich. woman who killed grandson

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm •  Published: March 18, 2013

"Is there really a motive to murder her grandson? What does she gain?" Sabbota said. "She killed a child she was trying to protect and trying to save. That's a tragedy. Only one reason she did what she did: fear."

Sabbota also played a 911 recording for the jury, a call that Layne made to police two months before Hoffman was killed. Sounding deeply anguished, she said she needed help because her grandson wanted to run away from her home.

"Does she sound calm, cool and collected? Does she sound like Tony Soprano?" Sabbota said, referring to the mob kingpin on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Oakland County Judge Denise Langford Morris told jurors that acquittal based on self-defense could be appropriate if Layne "honestly and reasonably believed" that her life was in danger — even if she was wrong.

The prosecutor reminded the jury that Layne didn't report any injuries to police when they arrived at her home during the shooting.

"Not, I was afraid, I acted in self-defense, he came after me," Walton said. "I murdered. I shot. I killed — those are her first statements to law enforcement. ... She hunted down Jonathan Hoffman because he wouldn't listen."

He said Layne had no injuries, not even a smudge to her makeup.

"If there's a self-defense claim here," he said, "it belongs to Jonathan Hoffman, not Sandra Layne."


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