Alec Baldwin charged with first degree murder in ‘Rust’ shooting: district attorney

New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced the charges in the death of Halyna Hutchins.

Alec Baldwin was charged with two counts of first degree murder, according to the prosecutor. The gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, was also charged with two counts of first degree murder.

Before announcing the decision, the district attorney’s office took time to review a comprehensive report provided by the County Sheriff’s Office. Santa Fe.

It’s been more than a year since the actor was killed on the New Mexico movie set.

Hilaria Baldwin leaves her apartment in New York City, New York on January 19 before making the announcement.
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Halyna Hutchins died on October 21 after being shot on the set of "El" in New Mexico.

Halyna Hutchins died on October 21 after being shot on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico.
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Halyna died when a gun held by Alec Baldwin went off while rehearsing a scene on October 21, 2021. The group was rehearsing in a small church on the set of Bonanza Creek Ranch.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department has spent the last year investigating how live action came to be on the movie set. Armourer Hannah Guiterrez-Reed and assistant director Dave Halls were the only other crew members believed to have handled the gunfire on set.

“Never in a million years did Hannah think there could be live rounds in the ‘dummy’ car box,” said one of Guiterrez-Reed’s attorneys, Jason Bowles. , in a statement shared with Fox News shortly after the tragedy. “Who put those things in and why is the main question.”

Halls allegedly handed Baldwin a .45 pistol, telling him it was “cool,” or safe. Before that, Gutierrez-Reed rolled the barrel to show Halls what was inside the gun, his attorney said.

Baldwin said he didn’t pull the trigger — once during an earlier interview immediately after the fatal shooting and again on a podcast episode. The athlete initially stated that he pulled back the hammer of the gun as far as he could and released it, before pulling the trigger.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies spoke at a press conference on October 27.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies spoke at a press conference on October 27.
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Carmack-Altwies is called Baldwin especially in his request for emergency financial assistance to prosecute the case. The DA explained that he intends to charge up to four people – possibly including Baldwin.

“The ‘Rust’ charge may be charged from one (1) to four (4) defendants,” Carmack-Altwies wrote in the documents filed for emergency relief. “One of the possible defendants is the famous movie star Alec Baldwin.”

Alec Baldwin made a shot with his fingers while talking with investigators after the "El" movie actress Halyna Hutchins died in October.

Alec Baldwin made a shot with his fingers while talking to investigators after the movie “Rust” in which the actress Halyna Hutchins died in October.
(The Santa Fe Police Department)

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Alec Baldwin is featured on the "El" The film posted in this photo was released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.

Alec Baldwin appears on the set of the movie “Rust” in this photo released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
(The Santa Fe Police Department)

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Alec Baldwin and other key production members on Feb. 15, 2022.

The plaintiff is named Baldwin and others who were “responsible for safety on the set” and called out “careless behavior and cost cutting” that led to Hutchins’ death, according to the family’s attorney.

Matthew Hutchins’ attorneys interviewed witnesses before filing and made a video recording of the evidence for the wrongful death lawsuit. In the video shared at a press conference, Matthew’s lawyers reiterated claims from the crew that the “Rust” set was unsafe. The lawsuit alleges that Baldwin, who is also a producer on the film, and the rest of the “Rust” crew and cast committed “serious violations” of safety on the set.

The family of the filmmaker sued for punitive damages and funeral homes and other things previously planned in court. However, on October 5, Halyna’s husband announced that the civil lawsuit has been settled pending trial.

Halyna Hutchins is survived by her husband Matthew and their son.

Halyna Hutchins is survived by her husband Matthew and their son.
(Hutchins attorney Brian Panish)

After the public hearing, Matthew revealed that the filming of “Rust” will continue in January 2023. The western film will not return to New Mexico, where it happened Halyna’s death.

“The production of ‘Rust’ will not be returning to New Mexico,” Melina Spadone, attorney for Rust Movie Productions LLC, told Fox News Digital. “The production is considering other locations, including California, but no decision has been made.”

Although not confirmed or Baldwin will rejoin the production, Matthew’s original announcement said that the production will resume with “the original main cast.”

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