The Santa Fe County district attorney plans to announce Thursday whether his office will file charges in connection with the shooting death of Halyna Hutchins, the actress who died last year when a gun was fired at Alec Baldwin’s hand on the set of the film. El.
New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and special counsel Andrea Reeb will announce the decision through a written statement Thursday at 11 a.m. ET.
In September, the New Mexico Board of Finance given The DA’s office is seeking more than $300,000 to prosecute four people in connection with Hutchins’ death, and the request for funds states that “one of the potential suspects is the celebrity Alec Baldwin movie.”
Much of the investigation focused on Baldwin, an actor and producer of the film who was holding the gun at the time of the shooting—although he said he did not pull the trigger—as well and assistant director Dave Halls, who said he told. Baldwin was the gun safe to use, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer of production, and the gun supplier Seth Kenney.
Hutchins was killed on set on October 21, 2021, during a rehearsal. Live ammunition was not supposed to be anywhere on the set, and the guns in the movie had to be loaded with empty shells or rounds. But when the gun went off in Baldwin’s hand, Hutchins was shot in the chest and director Joel Souza was shot and wounded in the shoulder. Production was immediately shut down while authorities investigated. It is not clear how the live bullets ended up on the set. Baldwin has said he was told by people “inside the state” that it was “highly unlikely” he would be prosecuted. Crew members said there were gun safety issues on set, and there were two accidents, according to investigative reports released by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s department. DNA was collected from Baldwin, Halls, Gutierrez-Reed and Kenney. Interviews with employees revealed that some questioned Gutierrez-Reed’s experience, Baldwin’s willingness to attend classes and Halls’ lack of interest in security, according to the investigation’s release. Matthew Hutchins, Halyna’s husband, sued Baldwin, Halls and Gutierrez-Reed and others for wrongful death, and was settled in October for an undisclosed amount. Production up El is set to resume sometime this year, and Matthew Hutchins will serve as executive producer on the project. The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department completed its investigation in October, more than a year after the shooting, and handed the case over to the DA.