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Instead, a man with a handgun shot the little girl in the face. The bullet exited the back of her neck and came to rest in a piece of furniture.

“The man who fired that gun was Keyon Timmons,” Oakland County assistant prosecutor Ken Frazee said in opening statements in Timmons’ trial in Oakland County Circuit Court.

Timmons, an ex-con, is charged with assault with intent to murder, using a firearm during a felony, possession of marijuana and other crimes related to the Sept. 9 shooting.

Jordayna survived and has since recovered. It is not clear whether she will testify.

In a brief opening statement, Timmons’ attorney, Fred Miller, told jurors to pay close attention to the witnesses because Timmons, in statements made to police shortly after his arrest, denied he was involved in the shooting.

Timmons, 30, of Pontiac was on parole after serving prison time for a second-degree murder conviction when the shooting occurred. Frazee told the five women and nine men on the jury that Timmons had been involved in a romantic relationship with Jordayna’s aunt, but that he had grown violent.

Timmons faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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