Alec Baldwin He has been charged again with involuntary manslaughter. On this occasion, he has been a grand jury from the state of New Mexico, in the USA, which charges him with two new charges of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Halyna Hutchins. The director of photography of ‘rust‘He lost his life during the filming of the film after being shot by a weapon that was supposed to be harmless.
Last April, prosecutors had already dismissed previous charges against the actor, and this new accusation comes after the admission of independent forensic evidence. Such evidence would have concluded that Baldwin pulled the trigger of a revolver he was using in a rehearsal and that this action caused Hutchins’ death.
The indictment charges Baldwin with two different counts of involuntary manslaughter, although can only be condemned by one of them, according to the New York Times. It would be the most serious, which represents a serious crime, which accuses him of “complete disregard or indifference for the safety of others”, while the other accuses him of negligent use of a firearm.
The prosecutor offered favorable treatment to the gunsmith if she provided more information
The special prosecutor of the ‘Rust’ case, Kari Morrisseyoffered “favorable treatment” to the film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reedif it helped explain How did the live ammunition get to the film set? which ended up costing the director of photography her life, according to Variety. The offer would have reached the person also responsible for the security protocol last fall, according to the aforementioned media, because Morrissey considered that she had “some idea” of how that ammunition sneaked onto the set.
“I firmly believe that Do you have any idea how the bullets got to the set? (…) I respect your right not to present that information and to remain silent. However, if he did so and answered some of these questions that torment the victims in this case, it would help a lot to achieve a favorable resolution,” the prosecutor told the gunsmith’s defense in an email.
However, the proposal came with the warning that “additional charges would be imposed” if he refused, picked up Variety. “If you decide not to do so (…) I will proceed with the additional charges we talked about,” Morrissey reportedly assured.
Gutierrez-Reed was charged weeks later carrying a firearm in a bar in Santa Fe ten days after the shooting, which was interpreted by her lawyers as “retaliation” by the public official.
“That accusation was designed solely to pressure Ms. Gutiérrez-Reed to waive her right to silence protected by the Fifth Amendment,” Jason Bowles, the gunsmith’s lawyer, argued at the time.
The tragedy on the set that ended the life of Halyna Hutchins
Hutchins died in October 2021 during filming in Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA) after being hit by a bullet that came from a revolver held by actor Alec Baldwin and loaded by Gutierrez-Reed.
Gutiérrez Reed will be judged on February 21 before a Santa Fe court and faces up to three years in prison if convicted of charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.
The researchers They have not yet determined where the cartridges came from.