Warrant Issued In Teen Shooting Case
Todd Pittenger - September 17, 2015 4:24 pm
An arrest warrant was issued Thursday afternoon after a woman accused in the shooting death of a Salina teen failed to appear in Saline County District Court. 21-year-old Azucena Garcia-Ferniza is one of six people facing charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Allie Saum.
Garcia-Ferniza is facing an obstruction charge, accused of trying to hide the gun that was used in the shooting. She did not appear in court in Salina as scheduled, though, because she is in federal custody. Judge Rene Young indicated that bond has been set in the federal case, and issued a warrant for Garcia-Ferniza’s arrest. If she were able to make bond, before being released she would be prosecuted locally as well.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office tells KSAL News that Garcia-Ferniza was indicted on September 2nd on a federal gun charge. She is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by an alien illegally in the United States. If convicted in the federal case, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Garcia-Ferniza’s next federal hearing is scheduled for September 24th.
The case stems from the shooting death of Allie Saum, who 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.
The other defendants 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.
Garcia-Ferniza at the time was the girlfriend of Macio Palacio, who confessed to police that he is the person who pulled the trigger.
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