Alec Baldwinlawyer is talking in the background criminal charges were announced against the player for his role in the 2021 death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of El.
On Thursday, after the New Mexico district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies Baldwin was charged with two counts of murder, Baldwin’s attorney issued a statement describing the DA’s decision as a “miscarriage of justice.”
“This decision misrepresents the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins and amounts to a terrible miscarriage of justice. Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set,” said Luke Nikas, Baldwin’s attorney. “He trusted the professionals he worked with, who assured him there were no live shooting games. We are going to fight these charges, and we are going to win.”
The statement came after a long investigation from the New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which announced charges for the October 2021 shooting on Thursday morning. With Baldwin, the movie armor Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will also face charges of intentional homicide, but former assistant director David Halls was hit with a reckless use of a deadly weapon charge; Halls has already agreed to plead guilty to the charge.
“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is enough evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ movie,” said the attorney. Carmack-Altwies said in a statement. “In my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”
Carmack-Altwies also appeared on CNN and said that neither Baldwin nor Gutierrez-Reed were “careful” on the set. “A player does not get a free pass because he is a player,” he added.
Armourer Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney also spoke against the charges and defended their client, saying he will be “saved from wrongdoing by a jury.”
At the end of this month, charges will be officially filed, and at this time all the defendants will receive the summons to appear in the first hearing; the District Attorney’s Office noted that the defendants may appear in court.
Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured during a rehearsal on the set of El on October 21, 2021. The incident occurred when Baldwin accidentally discharged a loaded handgun with a live round. Several investigations were conducted by various government agencies, from the Santa Fe Police Department to the FBI.
Although these are the first criminal charges brought in connection with the death of Hutchins, the shooting some were encouraged civil court (as well as some fines). At least, Hutchins’ the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin, El the producer is Ryan Donnell Smith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the assistant director is Dave Halls, the teacher is Sarah Zachary, and the “armor consultant” is Seth Kenney.