Alec Baldwin’s lawyer issued a statement on Thursday calling the decision to prosecute the actor a “terrible miscarriage of justice”.
The lawyers announced that on Thursday Baldwin will be charged with first degree murder in the fatal shooting of a movie star who was killed on a New Mexico movie set. Halyna Hutchins died shortly after being shot during practice at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on October 21, 2021.
Luke Nikas, Baldwin’s attorney, released the following statement:
“This decision misrepresents the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins and amounts to a terrible miscarriage of justice. There is no reason to believe that Mr. Baldwin has a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set. He trusted the professionals he worked with, who assured him that there were no live shooting games. We will fight these charges, and we will win.”
Currently, Brian Panish, representing the Hutchins family, issued a statementThe family said they support the charges.
“It’s a comfort to the family, in New Mexico, no one is above the law.”
Hutchins, an actor, died shortly after of a gunshot wound while on set for a scene at the ranch. Baldwin was pointing a gun at Hutchins when the gun went off, killing him and wounding director Joel Souza.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza, who led the initial investigation into Hutchins’ death, described “a degree of neglect” on the film set.
The movie’s gunman, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, will also be charged with manslaughter in the incident, according to a statement from Santa Fe-area District Attorney Mary Carmack. -Altwies.
The film’s first assistant director, David Halls, has agreed to plead guilty to the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.