Morbiodology the Podcast – 59: Jonathan Hoffman

Podcast released on: 3rd August 2020

Maple Place Villas is a gated community in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, that is manned by a security guard 24/7. It is the kind of community where elderly people go to retire and the lawns are all freshly manicured. However in May of 2011, the community was rocked by a shocking murder that revealed family…


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Maple Place Villas is a gated community in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, that is manned by a security guard 24/7. It is the kind of community where elderly people go to retire and the lawns are all freshly manicured. However in May of 2011, the community was rocked by a shocking murder that revealed family strife, teenage rebellion and fatal consequences. It was a murder case that spawned great division and at its very core, was a messy and tragic story where the only common denominator was that every single person involved had regrets.

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Audio Sources

“Sandra Layne sentenced to 20+ years in prison in grandson murder case”

“Family reacts to Layne verdict”

“Grandmother takes stand in grandson’s murder”

“Neighbor speaks out to support Layne after conviction”

“Grandma on trial”

“Sandra Layne testifies in murder trial, clip 2”

“Sandra Layne testifies in murder trial”

“Closing arguments in Layne case”

Sources

Associated Press, 21 May, 2012 – “Grandmother Shot Grandson 8 Times”

St. Paul Pioneer Press, 21 May, 2012 – “Mich. Teen Shot by Grandmother Had Drug Conviction”

The Detroit News, 21 May, 2012 – “Woman Charged With Murder Admitted Shooting Grandson at Scene”

Associated Press, 22 May, 2012 – “Police Scratching Heads in Probe of Teen Slaying”

The Detroit News, 22 May, 2012 – “Grandma Charged with Murder in Teen’s Death”

The Detroit News, 22 May, 2012 – “Sister Remembers West Bloomfield Teen as Big Brother Everyone Wishes For”

The Detroit News, 22 May, 2012 – “Sister Fondly Remembers Slain West Bloomfield Twp. Teen”

Hartford Examiner, 22 May, 2012 – “Grandmother Fatally Shoots Grandson with K2 Drug Violent Rage History”

The Macomb Daily, 22 May, 2012 – “Classmates Grieve, Praise Jonathan Hoffman as Good Student, Good Writer”

The Michigan Chronicle, 23 May, 2012 – “Attorney Says Teen killed By Grandmother ‘Was Out Of Control’”

FOX – 2 WJBK, 24 May, 2012 – “Woman Charged in Grandson’s Slaying Ordered to Take Mental Evaluation”

The Daily Tribune, 25 May, 2012 – “Grandma Waives Prelim Exam in Shooting Death of Grandson”

The Detroit News, 25 May, 2012 – “Synthetic Pot Sends More to Hospital”

Farmington Press, 30 May, 2012 – “Community Mourns Teen Killed in Shooting”

The Detroit News, 19 June, 2012 – “Snyder Signs Bills Banning Synthetic Marijuana”

The Detroit News, 25 June, 2012 – “Substances in Slain Teen’s Urine Points to K2”

The Associated Press, 2 July, 2012 – “Mich. Grandma to be Tried in Teen’s Shooting Death”

The Daily Tribune, 2 July, 2012 – “911 Call Played in Killer Grandma Case”

Detroit Examiner, 13 Juyl, 2012 – “Woman Arraigned on Charge of Murdering her Grandson”

The Detroit News, 6 December, 2012 – “Health Deteriorating of West Bloomfield Twp. Grandmother Accused in Grandson’s Death”

Associated Press, 5 March, 2013 – “Grandmother Shot Teen as he Called 911”

The Daily Tribune, 5 March, 2013 – “My Grandmother Shot Me”

The Daily Tribune, 6 March, 2013 – “Video Shows Layne’s Concerns After Shooting Grandson”

The Detroit News, 7 March, 2013 – “Jurors Watch Gory Video of Death Scene at W. Bloomfield Twp. Grandmother’s Murder Trial”

Farmington Press, 7 March, 2013 – “Grandma Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder”

Associated Press, 8 March, 2013 – “Layne’s Husband Testifies in Her Murder Trial”

The Daily Tribune, 8 March, 2013 – “Paramedic Describes Injurie in Grandma’s Trial”

The Detroit News, 8 March, 2013 – “W. Bloomfield Grandma Jammed Gun Weeks Before Shooting Teen”

FOX – 2 WJBK, 8 March, 2013 – “Sandra Layne’s Husband Flabbergasted That She Owned a Gun”

The Daily Tribune, 12 March, 2013 – “Forensic Scientists Explain Gun, Blood Spatter in Layne Trial”

St. Paul Pioneer Press, 12 March, 2013 – “Woman Who Killed Grandson: I Feared Him”

St. Paul Pioneer Press, 13 March, 2013 – “Mich. Woman Wraps Up Testimony in Grandson’s Death”

USA Today, 13 March, 2013 – “Grandmother Testifies About Killing Grandson”

The Associated Press, 14 March, 2013 – “Woman Testifies for 2nd Day about Grandson’s Death”

The Detroit News, 14 March, 2013 – “Grandma’s Testimony in Murder Trial Goes from Vivid to Vague”

Associated Press, 18 March, 2013 – “Jury Gets Case of Mich. Woman Who Killed Grandson”

St. Paul Pioneer Press, 18 March, 2013 – “Grandma Monster Slain Son Vindicated”

FOX – 2 WJBK, 21 March, 2013 – “Father of Murdered Son Jonathan Hoffman Tells His Side of The Story”

Associated Press, 12 April, 2013 – “Grandma Who Killed Grandson Seeks Short Sentence”

Associated Press, 12 April, 2013 – “No Reason for Short Term in Killing”

Associated Press, 18 April, 2013 – “Mich. Grandmother Gets 22 Years in Teen’s Killing”

The Detroit News, 18 April, 2013 – “A Family Divided by Murder”

The Detroit News, 12 November, 2013 – “Family Sues Grandma Who Fatally Shot Grandson, Seeks $1M”

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