SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors were planning to file felony manslaughter charges Tuesday in the shooting and death of actor Alec Baldwin on the set of the 2021 Western movie. .
Cinematographer Halina Hutchins died on October 21, 2021, shortly after being injured on a ranch on a movie set outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. .
In recent weeks, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack Altwiths has outlined: 2 sets of manslaughter In connection with the shootings of Baldwin and film set weapons supervisor Hannah Gutierrez Reid.
The district attorney said Monday through a spokeswoman that her office will release a probable cause statement outlining indictment documents and evidence. New safety measures in the film industry.
Involuntary manslaughter can involve killings that occur while the accused acted negligently or carelessly while doing something lawful but dangerous. Special Prosecutor Andrea Reeve cites a pattern of “criminal safety ignorance” on the set of “Rust.”
Prosecutors also said they would disclose the terms of a plea deal signed with assistant director David Halls, who oversaw safety on set. I am explaining.
Halls agreed to plead guilty to the careless use of a lethal weapon, they said.
District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Heather Brewer said in a statement Monday that prosecutors were “committed to ensuring justice for Halina Hutchins,” adding, “The evidence and facts speak for themselves. ”.
Baldwin, who also co-produced “Rust,” describes the killing as a tragic accident. The 64-year-old actor says he was told the gun was safe and is seeking to clear his name by suing those involved in handling and supplying the loaded .45-caliber revolver.
In the lawsuit, Baldwin said that while working with Hutchins on camera angles, he pointed the gun in her direction, pulled it back, released the weapon’s hammer, and it fired.
Gutierrez-Reid’s attorney, Jason Bowles, said the charges were the result of “flawed investigations” and “an inaccurate understanding of the complete facts.”
Defendants can participate in many initial court proceedings remotely or request a waiver of first court appearance.
Manslaughter related to negligence is a fourth-degree felony and carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison and a fine of $5,000 under New Mexico state law. His second charge of manslaughter claims recklessness and could carry a penalty of five years in prison because the offense was committed with a firearm.
of The decision to indict Baldwin marks a surprising turn of events An A-list actor with a 40-year career, including starring roles in early blockbusters ‘The Hunt for Red October’ and sitcom ’30 Rock’, as well as iconic appearances in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Departed’ and film adaptations Against David Mamet’s “Glengary Glen Ross”. In recent years, Baldwin was known for his impressions of former President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”