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Accused Teen Shooter Nearing Trial

Todd Pittenger - April 28, 2016 5:09 pm

Macio Palacio (facing forward) was found guilty of 1st Degree Murder. File Photo by Tom Dorsey / Salina Journal

The man accused of firing the fatal shots in a case involving the death of a Salina teen last spring was back in court Thursday afternoon as his trial date approaches.

22-year-old Macio Palacio is scheduled to face trial in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Allie Saum. He is scheduled to stand trial beginning in a little over a week.

Judge Renee Young heard multiple pretrial motions Thursday. Among other things, the judge ruled:

  • Portions of Palacio’s interview with Salina Police shortly after the shooting will be redacted, including portions in which he discusses an unrelated affiliation with a Kansas City gang, and his criminal history. A portion in which he admits to firing the shots will not be redacted.
  • The prosecution will be allowed to refer to Allie Saum as a “victim” in the case. The defense had requested that the term “victim” not be used during the trial. Judge Young denied the request.

The case stems from the shooting death of 17-year-old Allie Saum. She was shot and killed on May 6th, 2015. Shots were fired at a truck as it drove eastbound in the 500 block of Russell.

The truck was mis-identified as being connected to the earlier altercation. Saum was a passenger in the truck, and was hit by one of five shots that were fired.

Palacio is accused of firing the shots. He is facing charges which include:

  • 1st degree murder
  • attempted 1st degree murder
  • shooting at an occupied vehicle
  • conspiracy to commit aggravated battery

Palaico is one of 5 defendants accused of participating in the shooting. The others include:


  • 19-year-old Jerome Forbes
  • 20-year-old Daniel Sims
  • 19-year-old Stephen Gentry
  • 18-year-old Andrew Woodring


Two of the defendants are already waiting the be sentenced on 1st degree murder charges.  Stephen Gentry was found guilty by a jury of all charges he was facing. A couple of days later Andrew Woodring pleaded guilty to a felony 1st degree murder charge. The other charges Woodring was facing were dropped.

Defendant Daniel Sims testified against Gentry during that trial, in exchange for a reduction of the charges against him. He is also expected to be a part of Palacio’s trial.

Jerome Forbes has yet to stand trial.

A sixth defendant is also accused in the case, 21-year-old Azucena Garcia-Ferniza. She is facing an obstruction charge, accused of trying to hide the gun that was used in the shooting.

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Doug Clemens

April 29, 2016 at 9:25 am

why not give the names of the attorney’s representing this thug.

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