5 ordered to stand trial in Salina teen’s shooting death

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has found sufficient evidence for five young men to stand trial in the mistaken-identity shooting death of a Salina girl.

The Salina Journal reports that Andrew Woodring, Macio Palacio Jr., Stephen Gentry, Daniel Sims and Jerome Forbes were bound over for trial Wednesday.

Palacio admitted in a police interview to firing the bullet that killed 17-year-old Allie Saum in May. But Saline County Attorney Ellen Mitchell argued that all five men were equally responsible, even though two of the men claim they weren’t present.

Mitchell says all the men were in on a plan to commit aggravated battery. Saum was a passenger in a truck that police say some of the defendants mistakenly believed belonged to a person who had been in an earlier altercation with them.

 

 

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