Following the horrific on-set incident, 64-year-old Alec Baldwin is likely to face two counts of involuntary manslaughter of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Special prosecutor Andrea Reeb confirmed.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer for the movie, and Baldwin both are said to be convicted on two counts of involuntary manslaughter. The district attorney for New Mexico’s first judicial district Mary Carmack-Altwies and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb announced the decision on January 19th. The incident took place on October 21, Gutierrez-Reed the armorer for the movie passed on Baldwin a functional prop firearm which eventually injured the crew.
Baldwin fatally shot Halyna Hutchins while he was practicing drawing a prop gun on the set of the western movie “Rust” in 2021. The exact details of how the shooting occurred are still being investigated, but it is believed that the gun went off accidentally when Baldwin was handling it.
Involuntary manslaughter charges against Alec Baldwin
Prosecutors in Santa Fe, N.M., have announced involuntary manslaughter charges against Alec Baldwin in connection with the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021. Baldwin and the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, are both facing two counts of involuntary manslaughter, meaning they’re “charged in the alternative.” The basic involuntary manslaughter charge is a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
If they are found guilty of the more serious charge, which carries a firearm enhancement, they stand to face five years in prison. Alec Baldwin fatally shot Halyna Hutchins while he was practicing drawing a prop gun on the set of the Western movie “Rust” in 2021. The exact details of how the shooting occurred are still being investigated, but it is believed that the gun went off accidentally when Baldwin was handling it. The victim Haylna Hutchins sadly passed away on the spot after being fatally injured.
Mary Carmack-Altwies, while announcing the charge, explains her intention for filing involuntary manslaughter charges. She said, “Every person that handles a gun has a duty to make sure that if they’re going to handle that gun, point it at someone and pull the trigger, that it is not going to fire a projectile and kill someone. An actor does not get a free pass just because they are an actor. That is what is so important. We are saying here in New Mexico, that everyone is equal under the law.”
Mary Carmack-Altwies: Everyone is equal under the law
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, the 64-year-old replied: “Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger.” To which Stephanopoulos responded: “So you never pulled the trigger?”
“No, no, no, no, no,” Baldwin said. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”
Baldwin reportedly kept repeating the words: “What the f*** just happened?”
Reed’s lawyer Jason Bowles added that his client has nothing to do with the incident and moreover: “We are convinced that this was sabotage and Hannah is being framed. We believe that the scene was tampered with as well before the police arrived.”
“The truth-finding process demands that the District Attorney and FBI run down all of the evidence, including the nature of those live rounds.”
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