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Michigan Grandmother to Be Tried for Shooting Grandson

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich.) -- A 74-year-old Michigan grandmother has been ordered to stand trial for murdering her 17-year-old grandson at her home in West Bloomfield this past May.  Prosecutors say Sandra Layne shot Jonathan Hoffman five times.

Layne’s neighbors say Hoffman lived with his grandparents, and she had feared for her life because he was allegedly using the synthetic drug K2.

Recordings of the teen’s 911 call were played in court on Monday.  

“I’ve just been shot.  My grandma shot me.  I’m going to do die.  Help,” Hoffman is heard yelling.

Layne’s defense attorney, Jerome Sabotta, indicated after the hearing that his client acted in self-defense, saying the 911 tape indicates Hoffman grabbed his grandmother and held her.  

Sabatta says Layne “is in her own hell,” adding, she “killed the person that she loved, that she tried to save.”

Several police officers testified during the hearing, including one officer who said Layne walked out of her home with her hands up and yelled, “I murdered my grandson.”

Most of the family members in court Monday are supportive of Layne, who is being held without bond.  She faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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Florida Grandmother Pleads No Contest to Attempted Sale of Grandson

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(HOLLY HILL, Fla.) -- A Holly Hill, Fla., grandmother accused of trying to sell her newborn grandson last year, pleaded no contest Thursday to two felony charges of illegal sale of a child and using a cell phone to commit a crime.

Patty Bigbee tried to sell her infant grandson for $75,000, Keith Kameg of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told ABC News.

"The parameters of the case are very unique," Kameg said. "In terms of a baby sale, it's very rare and not something you encounter every day, thank goodness."

The Missouri Lottery confirmed that in 2008, Patty Bigbee won a $1 million lottery prize in Hazelwood, Mo. Reports are that Bigbee blew through the money in two years and became desperate for money.

Bigbee tried to sell her grandson to her estranged daughter, Danielle Skiver, who she had given up for adoption in 1983, according to affidavits, which described the case panning out as follows:

Bigbee initially reached out to Skiver over Facebook and began a relationship over the social networking site.

Skiver discussed with her mother her desire to have more children. After Bigbee told Skiver she had a grandchild who had been abandoned by her other daughter, Stephanie Bigbee Fleming, 22, Skiver agreed to adopt the child.

Skiver said there was no initial communication about money for the child, but after she agreed to adopt Bigbee asked her for a fee of $75,000.

Skiver subsequently contacted authorities and agreed to cooperate with police in a sting operation of Bigbee's the sale of the child.

Skiver and her husband, Guy, released a statement to ABC News expressing their relief that Bigbee finally made a plea.

"We are very pleased that Patty finally made the right choice to admit her guilt," the statement read. "We will be speaking at her sentencing on August 11 and hope that justice prevails and that she serves all 10 years that she is facing. We all love [the baby] very much and we see him as much as allowed and pray that one day he will join our family. We are not allowed to speak on any court proceedings."

Last year, the baby boy was put into the care of the state Department of Children and Families.

Patty Bigbee's sentencing has been set for Aug. 11.

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Grandma Caught Trying to Sell Baby Grandson

Photo Courtesy - WFTV 9 Orlando(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida grandmother is under arrest for allegedly trying to sell her grandson.

Patty Bigbee, 45, and her boyfriend, 42-year-old Lawrence Works, were taken into custody Friday after police say the pair was ready to hand over the 8-month-old child to a police informant.

The couple last month offered to sell the boy for $75,000 before allegedly agreeing to sell the infant for $30,000.

At court appearances Saturday, Bigbee’s bond was set at $100,000, while Works’ bond was set at $50,000.

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