Alec Baldwin was charged with two counts of first degree murder in the death of Halyna Hutchins.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who wore armor on the set of “Rust,” was also charged with two counts of first degree murder.
Alec Baldwin’s attorney called the charges a “terrible miscarriage of justice” in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“This decision denigrates Halyna Hutchins’ untimely death and reveals a terrible miscarriage of justice,” said Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel. “Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set. He relied on the experts he worked with, who assured him that the gun had no live rounds. charges, and that we would win.”
Hutchins’ family thanked the sheriff’s office and the DA after the charges were announced.
“We would like to thank the Santa Fe Sheriff and District Attorney for completing their thorough investigation and ensuring that charges of involuntary manslaughter are warranted for the killing of Halyna Hutchins and disregard for human life,” This is a statement issued on behalf of the Hutchins. family through attorney Brian J. Panish, founding partner of Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi LLP.
“Our independent investigation also backs up the charges. A comfort to the family, in New Mexico, no one is above the law. We support the prosecution, will work with this side of the government, and hope that the justice system will work to protect the public and hold those who break the law accountable.”
New Mexico’s First District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced the charges Thursday morning, more than a year after Hutchins’ tragic death.
If convicted, Baldwin faces up to 18 months in prison.
“Involuntary manslaughter in New Mexico is a D felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison,” former Assistant US Attorney Neama Rahmani told Fox News Digital . “If Baldwin is convicted, I can see him being convicted at or near the maximum.”
“Baldwin has a strong case for the defense, and I can see him pushing the case to court for legal and public relations reasons,” he said. “He should think about his project in addition to doing time. But if he rolls the dice and loses in court, the judge can beat him for the causing Hutchins to die.”
Assistant Chief Dave Halls signed a plea deal for reckless use of a deadly weapon. The terms of his plea agreement include a suspended sentence of 6 months probation, according to the public prosecutor.
No charges were filed in the fatal shooting of director Joel Souza.
“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ cast,” he said. said Carmack-Altwies. a statement. “In my view, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”
The district attorney explained that Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed were “charged against each other.” This means that the jury will not only decide if they are guilty but will also decide what definition of intentional homicide falls under their action.
“If one of these three people – Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls – had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s easy,” Andrea Reeb, the private attorney appointed by the DA in the case. , said in a statement. “The evidence clearly shows an example of disregard for safety violations on the film set of ‘Rust’. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that do not take the commitment seriously.” our state’s gun safety and public safety.”
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.
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.
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.
“A charge of ‘Rust’ can be a charge of one (1) to four (4) defendants,” Carmack-Altwies wrote in documents filed for emergency relief. “One of the possible defendants is the famous movie star Alec Baldwin.”
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 “egregious breaches” 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.
After the public hearing, Matthew revealed that the filming of “Rust” will continue in January 2023, but will not return to New Mexico, where Halyna died.
“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 in 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 continue with “the main players.”