USD 79.9667 CNY 11.3044 EUR 85.9190 JPY 57.2008
Home » Alec Baldwin Facing Criminal Charges in ‘Rust’ Incident

Alec Baldwin Facing Criminal Charges in ‘Rust’ Incident

02 February 2023, Thursday
Alec Baldwin, an actor and producer, has been charged criminally in relation to the fatal shooting that occurred on the set of the movie “Rust” in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, the district attorney's office declared Tuesday.
Charges put forward against Baldwin and the set's armorer, Hannah Guiterrez Reed, include two counts of involuntary manslaughter, the DA's office stated. Both defendants' lawyers have maintained their innocence prior to this.

The New Mexico District Attorney's office has charged "Rust" assistant director David Halls with negligent use of a deadly weapon following the death of Halyna Hutchins in June. Halls has entered into a plea agreement that is currently pending approval.

"Today we have taken another important step in securing justice for Halyna Hutchins," District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in a statement on Tuesday. "In New Mexico, no one is above the law and justice will be served."

On Wednesday, the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts announced that hearings for cases against Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed have been scheduled for February 24, to be conducted remotely. In contrast, Halls is slated to appear in court in-person on March 8.

Carmack-Altwies has previously announced her intention to bring charges of involuntary manslaughter against Baldwin and the film’s armorer, claiming that safety procedures not being performed properly resulted in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Moreover, Baldwin asserts he wasn't the one that pulled the trigger of the prop gun which ultimately hit and killed Hutchins, and also injured the director Joel Souza.

Prosecutors revealed in documents presenting the evidence of the case that actor Alec Baldwin did not treat seriously the firearm training on the set of the movie “Rust”. According to armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the training session that was set to last an hour or longer was cut short to roghly 30 minutes since Baldwin was reportedly on his cell phone speaking with his family during the training instead.

Gutierrez Reed is accused of involuntary manslaughter, with prosecutors saying she neglected to demand Mr. Baldwin receive safety instruction, failed to inspect each bullet loaded into the weapons, and did not practice the appropriate safety practices when storing ammunition.

The probable cause statement against Gutierrez Reed states: “Gutierrez Reed was negligent in her responsibility to guarantee safety with the gun. She neglected to address Baldwin’s dangerous and irresponsible safety infractions, such as pointing the weapon at/towards people, and keeping his finger on the trigger.”

According to prosecutors, photos and videos demonstrate that multiple times, Ryan Baldwin had his finger inside the trigger guard of a revolver and on the trigger itself while manipulating the hammer, pointing it, and holstering it. Extensive FBI testing showed that the gun could not fire without the trigger being depressed. In his interviews, Baldwin maintained that he had not pulled the trigger.

On Jan. 19, Halyna Hutchins' Attorney, Luke Nikas, expressed his dismay over the decision of prosecutors in his statement. Nikas expressed his belief that the decision "distorts Halyna Hutchins' tragic death" and that actor Vince Baldwin "had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun - or anywhere on the movie set."

Baldwin has continually maintained that he was unaware that the gun he fired during a rehearsal had a live round. The actor stated that he had no idea that a live round was present on the set.

The attorneys for Hannah Gutierrez Reed have declared that they plan to fight the charges against their client, who is accused of manslaughter in the death of a 3-year-old boy.

Gutierrez Reed is being accused of gross negligence after an unloaded gun that she had allegedly given to her son, who is the same age as the 3-year-old, accidentally discharged and killed him.

According to Gutierrez Reed's legal team, her client relied on the professionals with whom she worked to assure her that the gun did not have live rounds.

The attorney for Gutierrez Reed, Jason Bowles, said in a statement to CNN that the charges against her are wrong, and they expect that she will be found not guilty by a jury.

"We were expecting the charges but they’re absolutely wrong as to Hannah – we expect that she will be found not guilty by a jury and she did not commit manslaughter," Bowles said.

Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed have each been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter so that a jury can decide the most applicable count. If convicted, those offenders would only be sentenced on one count, and the penalty is up to 18 months in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000. In the event a firearm was used, the sentence could be extended to five years imprisonment due to the firearm enhancement.

The prosecutor, Carmack-Altwies, has stated that despite the tragedy, no crime has been committed by Gutierrez Reed, and she has been emotional about it.
UselessPoorFairGoodExcellent (No ratings yet)