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    Alec Baldwin’s Legal Battle Begins Again Over ‘Rust’ Shooting: Here’s What’s Happening

    Alec Baldwin is facing renewed legal turmoil as a New Mexico grand jury indicted him on involuntary manslaughter charges. The case is related to the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film ‘Rust.’

    The fatal incident occurred on October 21, 2021. It resulted in Hutchins’ death and injuries to ‘Rust‘ director Joel Souza. Baldwin informed that the gun was ‘cold’ and maintained he did not pull the trigger. Prosecutors reopened the case based on new findings.

    Related: Can Alec Baldwin Go To Jail In ‘Rust’ Shooting Accident Case?

    Alec Baldwin Charged With Manslaughter

    Alec Baldwin
    Alec Baldwin

    The evidence was presented to a Santa Fe grand jury by special prosecutors Kari T. Morrissey and Jason J. Lewis, who then handed down the indictment to the 65-year-old actor and producer. This new information rekindles the criminal case against Baldwin, who was first accused of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2021 incident in January 2023. At that point, Baldwin entered a not-guilty plea.

    Morrissey and Lewis dropped the initial charges three months after Baldwin’s plea, citing the emergence of new facts requiring further investigation and forensic analysis.

    The decision to reopen the case came in October when Morrissey and Lewis asserted that “additional facts” had emerged, showing Baldwin’s potential criminal culpability. Forensic gun expert Lucien C. Haag’s analysis indicated that the prop gun’s trigger had to be pulled or depressed to discharge, contradicting Baldwin’s claim that he did not pull the trigger.

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    Alec Baldwin’s Attorneys Respond To The Indictment

    Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
    Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

    In response to the indictment, Baldwin’s defense attorneys, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, conveyed their readiness for the impending legal proceedings, stating, “We look forward to our day in court.”

    Alongside Baldwin, the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, faces involuntary manslaughter and evidence tampering charges, pleading not guilty. Gutierrez-Reed’s trial is scheduled to begin next month.

    Baldwin marked the production of ‘Rust’ concluded last May with an Instagram picture. Devon Werkheiser, Jensen Ackles, and Travis Kimmel are among the other actors starring in the 1880s Kansas Western drama.

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    Akshita Singh is a Senior Content Writer at First Curiosity. She has been churning out content for 2 years. She's an avid reader and writer, fascinated by the works of Sylvia Plath, Franz Kafka, and Charles Bukowski. Akshita is also a poet herself, having written two poetry books titled ‘Made By Misery’ and ‘Deathbed’. Apart from goth literature, another thing that she enjoys is the real and fictional stories of Hollywood. She loves cinema and admires all works of art, be they delivered by actors or directors. So, keeping up with celebrity life comes as basic nature to her, something she loves knowing and informing others.

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