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Granny Killer Testimony: Grandson Never Regained Consciousness

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Sandra Layne in court. (WWJ Photo/Marie Osborne)

Sandra Layne in court. (WWJ Photo/Marie Osborne)

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DETROIT (WWJ) Two police officers and a paramedic took the witness stand Thursday in the case of a 75-year-old West Bloomfield grandmother accused of shooting her 17-year-old grandson to death last May.

The three testified that when they arrived at the scene, they heard shots coming from the condo — and that the defendant – Sandra Layne – admitted she had just shot Jonathon Hoffman.

Derrick Hall with the West Bloomfield Township Fire Department testified the boy never regained consciousness on his way to the hospital, and they were never able to get his heart to beat on its own.

Earlier, 911 tapes were played that depicted the teen begging for help while shots rang out in the background. At one point, the grandmother asked the dying kid if he wanted a glass of water.

Defense attorney Jerome Sabbota, who has argued throughout the case that Layne was afraid of her grandson because of past incidents related to drugs, talked to reporters about how his client has been handling this case.

“She was upset, she was hanging on as best as a 75-year-old woman can,” Sabbota said about Layne’s demeanor.

He added the grandmother, a retired teacher, plans to take the witness stand to testify in her own defense.

‘The story will evolve when people that were present talk about it,” Sabbota said

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