Teen Shooting Prelim Continued
KSAL StaffSeptember 11, 2015
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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