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Accused Teen Shooters Appear In Court

Todd Pittenger - July 9, 2015 10:12 am

(clockwise from top left) Macio Palacio, Jerome Forbes, Daniel Sims, Stephen Gentry are all facing the same charges that include 1st degree murder, attempted 1st degree murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.

Four of six people accused in the shooting death of a Salina South High School student appeared in Saline County District Court Thursday morning. 22-year-old Macio Palacio, 19-year-old Jerome Forbes,19-year-old Daniel Sims, and 18-year-old Stephen Gentry all appeared before Judge Renee Young for what was scheduled to be a preliminary hearing to decide if there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

By agreement of everyone involved, the hearing was continued. Each of the four attorneys of the four defendants, and the Saline County Attorney’s all agreed that more time was needed to examine all of the evidence. The hearing, which could take a couple of days, was rescheduled for Thursday, September 10th.

A 17-year-old boy who is one of those accused in the case could also be a part of the September 10th preliminary hearing. The Saline County Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to have Andrew Woodring prosecuted as an adult. Judge Renee Young will hear arguments on August 5th. If the judge agrees that Woodring should be prosecuted as an adult, all five defendants accused of participating in the shooting will be in court together for the September preliminary hearing.

All five are facing the same felony charges that include:

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

21-year-old Azucena Garcia-Ferniza is also accused in the case. She is facing a single felony charge of obstruction.

The case stems from the death of 17-year-old Allie Saum, who was shot and killed on May 6th in what prosecutors allege was a case of mistaken identity. Police said that the shooting was prompted by a fight earlier in the evening. A group of people went out to seek revenge. One of them mistakenly identified a male in a pickup that was driving by as being involved in the fight. Shots were fired at the truck as it drove eastbound in the 500 block of Russell. Saum was also in the truck, and was hit in the head.

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Jeff Fellows

July 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm

SAY WHAT????? The dead girl did not get any more time. The heck with waiting lets hang them from the nearest tree tomorrow.

David Hamilton

July 9, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Its amusing how these punks are addressed in the title of this story as accused teen shooters. They are adult killers. Why on earth would the judge give them 2 months more time? The only reason I can see is that allows time for the public to forget about it. I hope I get on the jury as they will get the death penalty.

Macio Palacio

July 9, 2015 at 10:50 pm

I love you son I’m praying for you and for all the ignorance that people post!!!!

Derek Nease

July 9, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Lady your son shot at innocent people. I moved from there (thank god) but it could have been anyone! It’s ok to pray for him but there is no ignorance in a young lady with her whole life ahead losing her life over a fight that neither of the people in the vehicle he shot at had anything to do with.

Macio Palacio

July 9, 2015 at 11:34 pm

I’m not saying what he did was right as being a victim of the same crime losing a brother at the age of 20 with his life ahead of him I can relate to the pain the family is feeling I pray for her family daily along with a prayer for my son no father wants to see his son in this type for situation and which it could happen to anyone son just like it happened to mine

David Hamilton

July 9, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Just maybe you should have been a better parent and this might of not happened. I get disturbed when people say they are praying especially when they add for all the ignorance that people post. That is hogwash your son killed an innocent girl for no reason. Your a little late being concerned and he should pay with his life as well.

Macio Palacio

July 9, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Mr. David Hamilton you know knowing about me and the way I father my children. Like I said I am praying for him and you and I hope as the good father that you are that this situation does not happen to to late to concerned or pray for your children

Macio Palacio

July 9, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Its never to late to be concerned or pray for your children no matter the situation

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