Teen Shooting Prelim Continued
Todd Pittenger - September 11, 2015 8:19 pm
Macio Palacio (facing forward) was found guilty of 1st Degree Murder. File Photo by Tom Dorsey / Salina Journal
Two days were not long enough to present evidence to a Salina judge involving the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old high school student.
The second day of a scheduled two-day preliminary hearing to decide if five people will go on trial for the May shooting death of Allie Saum ended with a police video of an interview with one of the five accused in the shooting, 18-year-old Stephen Gentry.
The interview was conducted on July 3rd, at Gentry’s request with his attorney present. Gentry wanted to refute that he had urged Macio Palicio to shoot at a pickup truck that Allie was riding in. While conceding that the five defendants were in the area looking for a fight in retaliation of an earlier altercation, and conceding that he asked Palacio to come along because he knew that he had a gun, Gentry insisted that he never told him to shoot. He said that the gun was brought along only as a precaution, in case the men they were looking for were armed.
The case stems from the shooting death of 17-year-old Allie Saum.
The defendants, each appearing with their own attorney, include:
- 22-year-old Macio Palacio
- 19-year-old Jerome Forbes
- 19-year-old Daniel Sims
- 18-year-old Stephen Gentry
- 17-year-old Andrew Woodring
All five face the same charges, which include:
- 1st degree murder
- attempted 1st degree murder
- shooting at an occupied vehicle
- conspiracy to commit aggravated battery
Additionally, Woodring faces an obstruction charge.
Allie Saum was shot and killed on May 6th in what prosecutors allege was a case of mistaken identity. They have presented evidence showing 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.
Judge Rene Young heard testimony throughout the day Thursday, and Friday. On Thursday a video shown of a police interview with Macio Palacio, where he accepted responsibility for firing the shots.
In the 33 minute interview, Palacio initially claimed to know nothing about the shooting. He later said that he was there when it happened, but that it was Woodring who pulled the trigger. Palacio eventually asked for an attorney. As police got up to leave the interview room, though, he told them to stay because he wanted to talk. He was asked “even without an attorney present?” He said “yes”, and then began to confess.
Palacio said that the group had gone out to seek revenge, and that he was the one pulled the trigger, at the urging of Gentry. He said that he fired 6 shots.
Palacio said that he frequently carried a gun, a .45 glock, because he feared for his safety. He said that he in the past had been affiliated with a Kansas City gang, and had moved to Salina to get away from that lifestyle.
Palacio said that when he fired the six shots, he never intended to hit anything, or anyone.
The preliminary hearing will continue on Wednesday, September 23rd. At the conclusion the judge will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.
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