Halyna Hutchins’ harsh manslaughter sentence on the set of ‘Rust’

Halyna Hutchins’ harsh manslaughter sentence on the set of ‘Rust’
Halyna Hutchins’ harsh manslaughter sentence on the set of ‘Rust’

This Tuesday, July 9, the Alec Baldwin trialwho was accused of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting that killed the director of photography, Halyna Hutchinsin addition to causing injuries to director Joel Souza, in the filming of ‘Rust’ October 21, 2021.

According to the case, presented by New Mexico special prosecutors to a Santa Fe grand jury, the goal of the trial is to determine whether probable cause exists to charge the 66-year-old actor with criminal charges for his role in Hutchins’ death.

If found guilty, Baldwin could face a maximum sentence of 18 months in prisonas was the production’s armorer, Hannah Gutiérrez-Reed, who was in charge of inspecting the prop weapons and was convicted last April.

Alec Baldwin could face a stiff sentence if found guilty of killing Halyna Hutchins

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According to experts on the subject, the jAlec Baldwin’s manslaughter trial could last about two weeks, depending on the development of the case. If found guilty, the actor also faces thousands of dollars in fines.

Alec Baldwin claims he is innocent

Alec Baldwin claims he is innocent of the charges and even requested that his case be dismissed, arguing that the witnesses selected by the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s Office are not impartial and that the prosecutor did not present all the evidence related to an FBI report on the gun he allegedly claimed, it was fired without pulling the trigger.

Baldwin’s defense also claimed that during the investigation, the state destroyed part of the arma involved, so it is not possible to review potentially exculpatory evidence.

Instead, the FBI concluded that the gun could only be fired if the trigger was pulled, contradicting Baldwin’s testimony that he pulled the hammer back but never pulled the trigger, making this discrepancy the central argument in the case, which New Mexico Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer refused to dismiss.

Shooting on the set of ‘Rust’

The fatal incident occurred on October 21, 2021 inside an old church located on the Bonanza Creek Ranch while Alec Baldwin I was practicing how to draw the weapon.

In front of him was Halyna Hutchinsthen 42, who was holding the camera. The photographer fell to the ground and began bleeding. The bullet that hit her also penetrated the shoulder of the director, who was standing behind her. The film crew immediately called emergency services, but Hutchins died on the airlift to hospital.

The document submitted by the investigators to the Prosecutor’s Office concluded that the tragedy was a accident which could have been avoided if the gun’s safekeeping had been carefully monitored. Police found boxes at the shooting site where real bullets were mixed with blank rounds.

Photo taken before the tragedy on the set of ‘Rust’


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One of the main suspects The person responsible for the investigation was assistant director David Halls, who was the last person on the production team to touch the gun before it was given to Baldwin and who, according to The Wall Street Journal, would plead guilty to the crime of negligence in the use of a firearm.

The second suspect was Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the inexperienced armory manager during filming, who was identified by experts for her failures in inspection protocols.

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