Five of six people accused in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Salina girl made their first appearance in Saline County District Court Monday morning, and were formally charged. Four men accused in the case appeared via closed circuit TV. A woman appeared in person, by herself.
Appearing via closed circuit TV were:
- 22-year-old Macio Palacio
- 19-year-old Jerome Forbes
- 19-year-old Daniel Sims
- 18-year-old Stephen Gentry
All are facing the same four felony charges, and heard them read by Judge Renee Young. The charges are 1st degree murder, attempted 1st degree murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.
The only one to show emotion was Palacio, who was dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit. He cried as Judge Renee Young read the charges against him, and as he spoke to her.
17-year-old Andrew Woodring is also accused in the case. He appeared in juvenile court last week. He is facing the same charges of 1st degree murder, attempted 1st degree murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. He is also facing an additional charge of obstruction. The Saline County Attorney’s Office is determining whether or not they want to petition to try Woodring as an adult.
21-year-old Azucena Garcia-Ferniza appeared by herself, in person. She is facing a single felony charge of obstruction.
The case stems from the death of 17-year-old Allie Saum, who was shot and killed last Wednesday night 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 blue, Dodge pickup as being involved in the fight. He was not. 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. She later died at Salina Regional Health Center.
All of the adults will be back in court next Monday. With the exception of Garcia-Ferniza who is free on bond, the four men are all being held in the Saline County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Woodring is being held in juvenile detention in Junction City. He is scheduled to appear in juvenile court in Salina later this week.