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Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ Shooting Trial Moves Forward

Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ Shooting Trial Moves Forward

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Alec Baldwin Charges

In 2021, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, on the set of an Alec Baldwin film, was shot and killed by a prop gun that was being held by Baldwin himself. He claims that he did not pull the trigger of the prop gun, but judges have made the decision to have Baldwin face trial.

The Rust Shooting Incident 

On October 21, 2021, the set of the newest Alec Baldwin film turned into a tragic scene of a crime as cinematographer Haylna Hutchins was shot in the chest by a prop revolver that was being used in a scene. Baldwin was rehearsing a scene that involved the revolver in question while the crew was setting up the shot in a building that was replicating a 19th-century church. The gun had been discharged on the set, and Hutchins was shot, while the director of the film, Joel Souza, was struck by a bullet in the shoulder. Hutchins had been taken to a hospital by airlift to Albuquerque, and Souza by ambulance to Santa Fe. Hutchins later succumbed to her injuries and died, while Souza was released after treatment.

Motion to Dismiss

A judge in New Mexico has denied a motion to dismiss Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter charge. Baldwin’s lawyers claimed that Baldwin had been treated unfairly by the prosecution. They used the argument that the prosecution tried to keep certain witnesses, who could have been used to testify in favor of the actor, away from the grand jurors. The judge had ruled in favor of the prosecution after concluding that they had been deceitful. After being denied the motion to dismiss the trial, Baldwin is now set to face trial for involuntary manslaughter starting in July. 

Heading to Trial 

As Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him for the Rust shooting that killed 42-year-old Hutchins, he is set to face a jury in July who will determine his fate. If convicted, he could face up to 18 months in prison. He continues to claim in interviews that he did not pull the trigger, but because it malfunctioned, it fired. But the prosecutors are arguing that the actor should own the firearm once he held it in his hand, despite it being a prop. In April, the armorer for the film Rust, Hannah Gitierrez-Reed, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison. 

Stay tuned for more information regarding the Rust shooting trial at Dead Talk News.

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