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US justice formalizes involuntary manslaughter charge against actor Alec Baldwin

US justice formalizes involuntary manslaughter charge against actor Alec Baldwin

A US prosecutor has formalized on Tuesday two charges of involuntary manslaughter against the actor Alec Baldwin and the gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, following the accident that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film ‘Rust’.

Mary Carmack-Altwies, District Attorney for Santa Fe County, New Mexico, has also announced charges against the assistant directorDavid Hall, for negligent use of a weapon, as reported by CNN.

“Today we have taken another important step to secure justice for Halyna Hutchins“, the US attorney has specified, adding that “in New Mexico no one is above the law”, so “justice will be done”.

The facts date back to the month of October 2021, when the actor shot, during the recording of a scene in New Mexico, a firearm that must have been a blank. Halyna Hutchins, 42, died of serious injuries as a result of being shot while she was being transported by helicopter to an Albuquerque hospital.

Baldwin sued the gunsmith and several crew members involved in the film’s production in November for negligence over this fateful shot, which also injured director Joel Souza, who was admitted in serious condition at the Santa Fe hospital.

The complaint alleged that the gunsmith “did not carefully check the bullets or the gun”. Also that Halls “examined the gun carefully and yet announced that the gun was safe before handing it over to the actor,” 64.

FBI forensic tests concluded that the weapon Baldwin was carrying that killed Hutchins it could not have been fired without pulling the trigger. The actor had previously stated that he did not.

the authorities finished describing what happened as an accident because review of available police reports “did not show any convincing demonstration” that the firearm was “intentionally loaded with live ammunition on set.”

Source: Lasexta

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