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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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Stan Clemons

September 13, 2015 at 12:47 am

What a waste of tax payer monies. They all are guilty why take all this time and expense. Five bullets would be a lot cheaper.

Juan Woodring

September 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm

#### u macio n salina jurisdiction try n blame my brother n ur lucky u locked up or id get u #### n salina jurisdiction better lighten by brothers sentence salina pd is stupid 5 people cnt pull one #### trigger

Macio Palacio

September 13, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Stan you talking about killing them and how easy it to just shoot them you are just as stupid as this senseless act of violence that they all committed and Juan if your bother would of never called him up then they wouldn’t be in this mess and it’s easy to talk like that to him knowing you can’t do anything to him so sit Down and let the jurisdiction take its course I hope the best for all of them

Christopher Donaldson

September 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm

I hope they all get the chair

Macio Palacio

September 13, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Sounds like a confederate comment to me

Larry Larson

September 13, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Wow, KSAL, you let some wacked people comment on here. Absolutely disgusting and disgraceful what they are doing to your website.

Larry Larson

September 14, 2015 at 12:12 am

Clearly, Juan, you know about Kansas law. In Kansas, you DON’T have to be the shooter to be charged with murder. Your brother just being with Palacio is enough for him to be charged with being an accessory to the crime. Also, you say the Salina PD is stupid. The PD does NOT file the charges for a crime. That’s done by the county attorney, you ignorant twit. Please do the world two favors: try at least to learn the laws before running off at the mouth and two, go to school and learn some damn grammar AND how to type. Your embarrassing yourself, young man!

Larry Larson

September 14, 2015 at 12:13 am

^you know nothing about Kansas law.

Stan Clemons

September 14, 2015 at 12:32 am

Macio are you saying you will pick up the tab to keep them in prison for life? Why should any taxpayer pay to keep them alive. They conspired to go out and get someone but they killed an innocent girl. If that girl were your sister or girl friend how would you feel?

Macio Palacio

September 14, 2015 at 5:56 am

Stan I’m not sure if you can read or not but the kid you are saying to kill is my son so that being said yes I would pay for him to stay there for life if that’s what you want to call it nothing he did was right we have been on the other side of this situation before my son has been lost for a few years and he thought he knew it all and this is were it landed him I truly fell sorry for the young lady and her family and I still ask the question why things like this have to happen I’m by far the most religious person but I do believe God has control over all things and I would never wish death upon any other human

Doug Clemens

September 14, 2015 at 8:13 am

Macio why do you start out by insulting Stan? That was not needed. Evidently you do not have respect towards others so how could you raise a kid to show respect to others? If you are who you say you are your up.bringing leaves a lot to be desired. Good parents teach their children right from wrong if they did not every person on earth would be killing others. I cannot judge you in what you did or did not do in rearing this person but I can comment and ask where were you at in the last few years? Its not hard to recognize someone who is into illegal things, being arrested ect. When a parent sees a kid going bad he steps in and does something and does not sit on the sidelines watching.

Macio Palacio

September 14, 2015 at 10:15 am

Doug your right I should of said it a different way from the way I read Stans comment he was tell me I should just kill my son myself I understand everyone frustration toward my son and how awful this is for a beautiful young lady that had everything to live for my son was not raised to be a killer he had a good home and a fairly descent upbringing was it perfect no it was not and for some reason the peer pressure got the best of him and he turned his cheek to the bad side of life I had just talked to him that week and was trying to get him to move back home so that he can get on the right track and now it’s to late he will have to suffer the consequences for the actions he has done and his son will grow up with out him in his life

Stan Clemons

September 15, 2015 at 9:23 am

macio seems we have a language barrier here. At no time did I comment that you should kill your son so where you got that I do not know. You see your son is dangerous and he killed an innocent young lady for no reason. My comment was why should us taxpayers foot the bill for him being held in prison for life? Sorry but if you kill someone you should also pay the price with your life. It has been reported that the mother of his child is here illegally so it looks like you may be raising his child and I pray you do a better job at it.

Macio Palacio

September 15, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Dangerous no he’s not dangerous he made a very very bad mistake and in doing that he lost his life also like I’ve said before I lost two brothers the same way and for him to do that really really bothers me and where I got you saying I should just kill him myself is when you made the comment why should any tax payer pay to keep him alive and of I would pick up the bill yes I would as a father of five I never in my life would ever see this in my son’s future and never wish it upon anyone and yes it could happen to anyone’s child it just so happen to mine and why is it that you have to bring up the report of his sons mother being here illegally have to be said I know her and I know her situation but thank you for your observation of her legal status at some point in every Americans family they had immigrants that came here to live better and not all turn out the way it should of I’m working on getting the baby to see how good this life is and showing the right way once again to the family of Allie Saum I am truly truly sorry for the loss of the beautiful young lady I hope one day they will forgive my son for what he has done and know that I will always have a prayer in my heart for her and them

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