After Halyna Hutchins passes away in 2021, prosecutors have declared they will accuse Hollywood actor and producer Alec Baldwin of a crime. During shooting for the western movie Rust, the cinematographer perished when a fake gun carried by Baldwin went off.
Alec Baldwin will face charges of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting-related murder of Halyna Hutchins on the Rust set.
While assistant director David Halls has entered into a plea deal for the accusation of careless use of a dangerous weapon, the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who was in charge of the weapons on set, is also charged with the same crime related to the fatal shot.
Hutchins passed away in October 2021 when Baldwin’s prop gun detonated during the shooting of the western movie. In the event at the Bonanza Creek Ranch set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, director Joel Souza also sustained injuries.
Mary Carmack-Altwies, the district attorney for Santa Fe, declared in a statement that she would be bringing criminal charges against the defendant: “I have determined that there is enough evidence to bring criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the Rust film crew after carefully examining the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico. Everyone is entitled to justice under my watch, and no one is above the law.”
For additional financing, Ms. Carmack-Altwies received $317,750 (or around £282,900) to look into the high-profile case. About three months after receiving the incident’s final report from the Santa Fe sheriff’s office, she and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb made the decision to file criminal charges publicly.
Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will be “charged in the alternative” with two counts of manslaughter, which means the jury will decide which definition of involuntary manslaughter they meet rather than just whether they are guilty.
According to the prosecution, the first accusation is simple involuntary manslaughter. In order to support this accusation, there must be underlying carelessness. Involuntary manslaughter is a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico and carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine (equivalent to £4,040). The misdemeanor charge of careless use of a firearm is also included in this charge.
The alternative allegation, which calls for evidence that there was more than just carelessness, is involuntary manslaughter in the conduct of a legitimate act. This is also a fourth-degree felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 18 months and a maximum fine of $5,000. Due to the involvement of a firearm, according to the prosecution, the charge includes an enhancement for firearms, which entails an additional required sentence of five years in prison.
“Halyna Hutchins would still be alive today if any one of these three individuals—Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, or David Halls—had carried out their duties. It’s that easy, “According to Ms. Reeb’s statement. “On the Rust movie set, there was a pattern of criminal disregard for safety, according to the evidence. Filming locations in New Mexico must respect our state’s commitment to both public safety and the safety of firearms.”
According to NBC, a US affiliate of Sky News, Baldwin has declined to comment on the statement regarding the allegations.
After Hutchins’ husband Matthew filed a wrongful death lawsuit, Baldwin and the Rust production company negotiated a deal with her family in October 2022 for an undisclosed fee and said that the movie will continue production this year.
When the settlement was announced, Matthew Hutchins stated, “I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of guilt (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin).”
“We all agree that Halyna’s passing was a sad accident. I appreciate that the creators and the entertainment industry have banded together to honor Halyna’s final project.”
Through their attorney Melina Spadone, Rust Movie Productions stated that the settlement was “an essential step forward in commemorating Halyna’s life and honoring her work.”
In connection with the incident, a number of additional lawsuits have also been submitted.