Sandra Layne, a retired schoolteacher and mother of five, is being held without bond, charged with murder in the shooting death of Jonathan Hoffman, who was living with her to finish out the school year after his parents had moved to Arizona.
Friends and relatives say they don’t understand what prompted the violence between a grandmother and grandson in a home where they say there was no trouble. Hoffman’s aunt said neither of his parents thought something might be wrong. “We obviously don’t know what [prompted] this woman, who purchased the gun 30 days ahead of time — a shoot-to-kill weapon. Obviously, the issue lies with her mental facilities,” Judy Metzger told the Detroit Free Press.
Prosecutors have not yet determined whether Layne is competent to stand trial.
Although the shooting seems inexplicable, some clues may have been revealed. Police were called to Layne’s home in March for an argument between the two that didn’t require further intervention. Court documents show Hoffman was arrested for marijuana possession in March as well; he had turned himself in because he had also taken hallucinogenic mushrooms and needed help. Hoffman was placed in a treatment program and a judge said his record would be expunged if he stayed away from drugs, his former attorney Loren Dickstein
But after the shooting, police searching the home found evidence of marijuana and other paraphernalia in Hoffman’s bedroom. Layne’s lawyers say that she has no criminal record, worked as a schoolteacher in California before moving to Michigan 30 years ago and has been married for 28 years. “She’s never been in trouble before,” Ribitwer told the Free Press. “[She's] very distraught, very upset. It’s a very difficult time.”
Layne is scheduled to appear before an Oakland County judge on Thursday for a preliminary hearing. She faces life in prison if convicted.
Islam legislates Parents rights Allah (God) says in the Qur'an
And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command), "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal." (Quran 31:14)
"And remember We took a covenant from the Children of Israel (to this effect): Worship none but Allah; treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer; and practice regular charity. Then did ye turn back, except a few among you, and ye backslide (even now)." (Quran 2:83
Which deed is the dearest to God (Allah)?
I asked the Prophet "Which deed is the dearest to Allah?" He replied, "To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times." I asked, "What is the next (in goodness)?" He replied, "To be good and dutiful to your parents." I again asked, "What is the next (in goodness)?" He replied, "To participate in Jihad (straggle) in Allah's cause." (Bukhari -Narrated Abdullah bin umar-1:505)
The Prophet was asked about the great sins He said,
- To join others in worship with Allah,
- To be undutiful to one's parents,
- To kill a person (which Allah has forbidden to kill)
- And to give a false witness." (Bukhari 3-821)
Allah's Apostle said, "Shall I inform you of the biggest of the great sins?" They said, "Yes, O Allah's Apostle!" He said, "To join partners in worship with Allah, and to be Undutiful to one's parents." (Bukhari 8:290)