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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