Motion Filed To Try Teen As Adult
Todd Pittenger - May 14, 2015 3:54 pm
A man accused of killing and wounding people in Mississippi, New Mexico and Kansas in February has waived a hearing.
The Saline County Attorney’s Office intends to prosecute a 17-year-old boy, who is one of 6 people accused in the shooting death of a Salina South High School student, as an adult.
17-year-old Andrew Woodring appeared via video in juvenile court in Salina Thursday afternoon. He wept when Judge Mary Thrower informed him that the Saline County Attorney’s Office had filed paperwork to try him as an adult. The judge explained that there is a big difference in potential penalties if Woodring would be prosecuted as an adult.
Concordia area attorney Joseph Allen was appointed to represent Woodring, who will continue to be held at the Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Junction City. He will next appear in court in Salina on May 29th.
Woodring is facing charges that include:
- 1st degree murder
- attempted 1st degree murder
- shooting at an occupied vehicle
- conspiracy to commit aggravated battery
Woodring is one of 6 people accused in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Allie Saum.
Allie was shot and killed last week in what turned out to be 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.
The other defendants in the case include:
- 21-year-old Azucena Garcia-Ferniza
- 22-year-old Macio Palacio
- 19-year-old Jerome Forbes
- 19-year-old Daniel Sims
- 18-year-old Stephen Gentry
All, with the exception of Garcia-Ferniza are facing the same four felony charges of 1st degree murder, attempted 1st degree murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. Garcia-Ferniza is facing a single felony charge of obstruction.
All of the adults will be back in court next Monday. With the exception of Garcia-Ferniza who is free on bond, the four adult men are all being held in the Saline County Jail on a $1 million bond.
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