SALINA, Kansas – Four Salina men were in court Monday morning. They were charged in the murder of 17-year-old Allie Saum.
Less than two weeks ago, Saum was tragically murdered in a case of mistaken identity.
Police say a group had been seeking revenge following a fight earlier in the night.
They thought they saw someone involved in the fight and shot in Saum’s direction fatally striking her in the head.
Four men, Macio Palacio, Jerome Forbes, Daniel Sims, and Stephen Gentry, have been charged with one count of first-degree murder. In court, Pacalcio openly cried during the proceedings after Judge Rene Young told him that he is not allowed to have any contact with his wife, 21-year-old Azucena Garcia-Ferniza, who is charged with one count of felony obstruction.
“I just have a note from the captain that indicates that ask that I speak with you about it and to have no contact with Mr. Palacio and prevent you from sneaking in for visitation, so I will order you to have no contact with Mr. Palacio while he is in jail.”
The other three men, Jerome Forbes and Daniel Sims both 19 and Stephen Gentry who is 18, were also in the courtroom.
Judge Young told the men they will be back in court on July 9 for the preliminary hearing and stressed she wanted to move quickly in the case.
“Once we get a date scheduled, I want to make sure that everyone is ready to proceed at that time. I don’t want there to be an additional request for continuance.’
A 17-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder. He did not appear in court. KSN is not naming the juvenile in the case because he is not charged as an adult.