BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP)- A first-degree murder trial is under way in southwestern Illinois for a man accused of being on heroin while killing a 5-month-old girl.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 26-year-old Kenneth Zook’s trial in the 2008 death of Alayna Frazier began with a prosecutor telling jurors Zook admitted shaking the baby because she wouldn’t stop crying.

Defense attorney Thomas Keefe III says Zook and the baby’s mother, Kayla Frazier, used heroin the day in question. But Keefe says Zook blacked out from the heroin and dropped the baby or fell on top of her.

Keefe argues the case is more about involuntary manslaughter than murder.

Kayla Frazier pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the case and got probation. She’s serving prison time on unrelated charges.

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