The trial of a West Bloomfield woman for the shooting death of her 17-year-old grandson began Monday in Oakland County Circuit Court. The opening statements of the parties framed the issues to be tried over an estimated two weeks.
Layne is charged with first degree murder and felony firearm.
There is no dispute that Layne fired six bullets into grandson Jonathan Hoffman last May.
Layne has interposed a contention that she acted in self defense.
In opening statement the prosecutor referred to a tape of a 911 call by Hoffman indicating that his grandmother was shooting him and he was going to die.
The prosecutor also said that a responding officer heard shots coming for the condo, and that Layne told police she had murdered her grandson.
The defense lawyer argued that Layne fired a shot only after Hoffman had assaulted her. She fired again, he claimed, after Hoffman grabbed her.
The lawyer said Layne bought the gun because she was afraid of Hoffman.
Layne’s lawyer said she would take the witness stand in her own defense.