Accused Teen Shooter Nearing Trial
KSAL StaffApril 28, 2016
Portions of Palacio’s interview with Salina Police shortly after the shooting will be redacted, including portions in which he discusses an unrelated affiliation with a Kansas City gang, and his criminal history. A portion in which he admits to firing the shots will not be redacted.
The prosecution will be allowed to refer to Allie Saum as a “victim” in the case. The defense had requested that the term “victim” not be used during the trial. Judge Young denied the request.
The case stems from the shooting death of 17-year-old Allie Saum. She was shot and killed on May 6th, 2015. Shots were fired at a truck as it drove eastbound in the 500 block of Russell.
The truck was mis-identified as being connected to the earlier altercation. Saum was a passenger in the truck, and was hit by one of five shots that were fired.
Palacio is accused of firing the shots. He is facing charges which include:
- 1st degree murder
- attempted 1st degree murder
- shooting at an occupied vehicle
- conspiracy to commit aggravated battery
Palaico is one of 5 defendants accused of participating in the shooting. The others include:
- 19-year-old Jerome Forbes
- 20-year-old Daniel Sims
- 19-year-old Stephen Gentry
- 18-year-old Andrew Woodring
Two of the defendants are already waiting the be sentenced on 1st degree murder charges. Stephen Gentry was found guilty by a jury of all charges he was facing. A couple of days later Andrew Woodring pleaded guilty to a felony 1st degree murder charge. The other charges Woodring was facing were dropped.
Defendant Daniel Sims testified against Gentry during that trial, in exchange for a reduction of the charges against him. He is also expected to be a part of Palacio’s trial.
Jerome Forbes has yet to stand trial.
A sixth defendant is also accused in the case, 21-year-old Azucena Garcia-Ferniza. She is facing an obstruction charge, accused of trying to hide the gun that was used in the shooting.
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