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Murder trial of Mich. grandma nearing end

3 years 6 months 1 week ago March 18, 2013 Mar 18, 2013 Monday, March 18 2013 March 18, 2013 7:52 AM in News
Source: ap

PONTIAC, Mich.- Jurors have been given many options in the trial of a 75-year-old Detroit-area woman who fatally shot her teen grandson.

A judge says the jury can consider first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. Closing arguments are set for Monday.

Sandra Layne says she shot 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman in self-defense after he demanded $2,000 and her car to leave the state. But prosecutors say it was premeditated murder. The boy was shot six times last May at Layne's West Bloomfield Township home.

Layne sobbed while testifying last week. She says she bought a gun to protect herself because her grandson brought strangers to the home late at night. Hoffman had a history of drug use.

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