UPDATE: Grandmother Charged with Murder in Grandson's Shooting

74-year-old Sandra Layne of West Bloomfield 'distraught' after spending the weekend in jail, not talking with investigators.

Update, 1:35 p.m.: Sandra Layne, a 74-year-old grandmother from West Bloomfield, was arraigned Monday afternoon on a charge of open murder in the fatal shooting of her 17-year-old grandson in their home Friday evening.

Layne, who spent the weekend in the West Bloomfield jail, was denied bond by Judge Marc Barron of  in Bloomfield Township.

1 p.m.: The 74-year-old woman being held in connection with the shooting death of her grandson Friday evening "is feeing very distraught and disturbed," her laywer, Mitch Ribitwer, told West Bloomfield Patch at in Bloomfield Township. The West Bloomfield grandmother is expected to be charged in the case early this afternoon.

10:15 a.m.: Arraignment is now expected after 1:30 p.m. today.

9:30 a.m. Monday: While classmates and the community come to grips with the Friday , the 17-year-old's grandmother of West Bloomfield could be arraigned in the teen's death as early as this morning, according to West Bloomfield Police.

 principal Joseph Greene wrote in an email Sunday night that Hoffman, a former student at the school, would be remembered with a moment of silence Thursday night during a ceremony "at the rock."

"As we process these events, it is my hope that we, as a school community, can decide what positive way we can heal and go forward in the wake of our recent losses and tragedies," Greene wrote.

Social workers and counselors are available to the school's students and staff. Debriefing meetings are also scheduled to occur after school for students and staff on today or Tuesday, Greene said.

Hoffman's 74-year-old grandmother, who police have not identified, has was taken into custody Friday evening at her home in the Maple Place Villas gated community in West Bloomfield. She was first hospitalized, then spent the rest of the weekend in the jail at the West Bloomfield Police Department. She has not talked to investigators, Lt. Tim Diamond said today.

Police have not named the woman pending her arraignment in in Bloomfield Township.

Funeral arrangements have been made at Ira Kaufman Chapel of Southfield.  Rabbi Joshua Bennett will officiate Tuesday at 11 a.m. Internment will follow at Machpelah Cemetery of Ferndale.

Janice Henry July 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
If "Grandma and Grandpa" were scared enough to purchase a firearm to premeditate murder on their grandson, incase he got out of control, why would they agree to have him live with them? I listened to the 911 taping and this 17 yr old child, he was sitting and begging for help as his grandmother shot him in the stomach. This boy did not sound like a threat to her at that moment. Even if he was on drugs, why couldn't she just call the police? why did she have to go for a gun instead of the phone??? He was shot 8 times!!! sounds like hate to me!This story is so heart breaking.
Krista August 02, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I'm a mother of a 16 year old son, and by all means I know he's not perfect as no one person in this world is perfect. I could never imagine myself or my mother and father going to buy a gun in fear of him and what is actions are. If I found out that my son was doing drugs and this "k-2" there are other actions that I would take to get my point across about how wrong it is, never would I point a gun at my son to make that point. There is counseling, intervention and by god, better parenting skills. I understand that his partners were out of town with a sick child, but as a punishment, the grandparents could've used that against him as well. Like I said as a mother of a teenage son, what teenager would of wanted to move away from his friends that far into high school. Then the mention of an alternative school, my son went to an alternative school last year, does that mean he would deserve to be shot and to be labeled as a bad kid? No!!! It meant he made a bad or some bad choices, and now he needs to make amends and get back on the right path. As for the grandma, I'm sorry there is never any excuse for shooting your grandchild 1 time, let alone 8. Pick up the phone and call 911. That's what they are there for. To protect and serve. for all you people making excuses and for believing that she had fear of this 17 year old child should be ashamed of yourself and I hope that your children don't think like you do.
Krista August 02, 2012 at 06:36 AM
An also to those that are defending the grandma, would it still be accectepable if that were your kid and your parent doing the shooting and killed your child?
Andrew Zapfe March 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM
That poor kid was already shot in the arm and chest,and was sitting up in agony and fear on the phone with 911,and just when he gets calmed down grandma comes in and shoots him in the stomach, his cries for help and begging not to die are heartbreaking and sickening,shot a total of 8 times,3 of them just as the police arrived and heard them,loving grandma could have left the house,called the police,but her dying 17 yr old grandson already had so she shot him again in the stomach the most painful place to be shot,she knew she was going to kill him,8 shots from a Glock says it all,and then she smiles in one of the courtroom photos,premeditated and sickening.
Andrew Zapfe March 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM
PS She wanted him dead,that's the only reason to shoot someone 8 times MY GOD!!


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