By Kim Russell
Farmington Hills, MI (WXYZ/CNN) - A Michigan grandmother accused of shooting and killing her grandson was in court Thursday.
Sandra Layne stood before not only a judge in District Court 48 this morning, but her family. The West Bloomfield grandmother accused of shooting and killing her 17-year-old grandson last week looked toward her family as they waved and offered apparent support. Her attorney says it's telling.
"You know she takes the grandchild and takes care of the grandchild and the grandchild ends up dead how do you think she feels," said defense attorney Jerome Sabbota.
Layne's attorney says the family has offered support from the beginning because they believe the 74-year-old cares deeply for her grandson who recently had become troubled.
"She was concerned, she was concerned about him academically she was concerned about him because he was on probation, she was concerned about him because he was using drugs sure she loved him, she was plenty concerned," said Sabbota.
[Reporter]: "Then why did she shoot him?"
"Why shoot him? Why do you think someone who has nothing to gain shoot somebody? Fear? What did she gain," said Sabbota.
Attorney Sabbota would not say what happened before the shooting only that his client acted in self defense against a grandson that she was afraid of.
Hoffman had moved in with his grandmother to finish school in his home town after his parents moved out of state. His father says he tried to convince him to live with him, but Hoffman wanted to return home.
The judge did not approve bond so Layne will remain in jail at least until July.