- New Mexico prosecutors plan to re-charge Alec Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the Rust shooting.
- Prosecutors no longer believe the gun was modified and have found new evidence suggesting Baldwin’s reckless actions.
- If convicted, Baldwin could face up to 18 months in prison.
Prosecutors in New Mexico intend to re-charge actor Alec Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter related to the fatal shooting on the set of the film Rust in 2021. The case is expected to be brought before a grand jury in mid-November, after charges were initially dropped due to doubts about the weapon’s functionality.
Halyna Hutchins, a 42-year-old cinematographer, was killed by a live round on the Rust set near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although charges against Baldwin were previously dropped, ongoing investigation has led prosecutors to dismiss the notion that the gun was modified. New evidence has been discovered, indicating reckless actions on the actor’s part.
A statement released by Baldwin’s attorneys, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, said, “It is unfortunate that a terrible tragedy has been turned into this misguided prosecution. We will answer any charges in court.” Conviction could result in up to 18 months in prison for the actor.
Special prosecutor Kari Morrissey told NBC News, “We believe that based on our lengthy and detailed investigation that it is appropriate for a grand jury in New Mexico to make a decision on whether the case should proceed.” This comes five months after the same charge against Baldwin was dismissed by special prosecutors Morrissey and Jason Lewis. They noted that Baldwin’s criminal culpability was not absolved, and charges could be refiled.
Throughout interviews with ABC News and CNN, Baldwin has maintained that he did not pull the trigger. In a December 2021 interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, the actor stated, “I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
When the initial charges were dropped, prosecutors suggested that the revolver could have been modified. However, a gun analysis report released in August indicated that the weapon had not been altered. Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was charged with involuntary manslaughter in January, with a trial set for February 21, 2024, and she plans to enter a not guilty plea.
In June, Hutchins’ husband, Matthew, settled a wrongful death suit with Baldwin and the Rust producers. Filming later resumed, with Matthew Hutchins serving as an executive producer. He said, “All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.” The release date for Rust has not been announced.