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Alec Baldwin to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in ‘Rust’ film shooting

by Gloria Chisimdi

For the tragic shooting that occurred in 2021 on the “Rust” set, Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

In a written statement sent to the media on Thursday morning, Jan. 19, Santa Fe First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb made their decision public.

David Halls, the first assistant director, has already decided to plead guilty to the accusation of careless use of a lethal weapon.

“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’ film crew,” Carmack-Altwies said in a statement. “On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”

In a statement, Baldwin’s lawyer, Luke Nikas, wrote, “This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents 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. He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win.”

Carmack-Altwies and Reeb will formally file charges before the end of the month, at which point each defendant will be issued a summons for their first court appearance, which can be done virtually or waived, prosecutors said

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