- Special prosecutors have hinted at the possibility of reintroducing manslaughter charges against Alec Baldwin in the “Rust” shooting.
- A recent forensics report challenges Baldwin’s assertion that he did not pull the trigger, leading to Halyna Hutchins’ death.
- While Baldwin tries to halt civil cases against him, the broader Rust criminal trial has been postponed to February 2024.
The fatal shooting incident on the set of the movie “Rust” involving Alec Baldwin has taken yet another twist.
As the actor tries to halt civil cases filed against him by the crew members of the indie Western, prosecutors have subtly hinted that Baldwin might still face manslaughter charges.
Special prosecutors Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis, though initially dropping involuntary manslaughter claims against Baldwin this spring, have retained the option of reintroducing him to the criminal case, should new evidence justify it.
Recent forensics findings, made public last week, seem to challenge Baldwin’s claims.
The actor has consistently stated he did not pull the trigger of the prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
However, a detailed forensics report suggests otherwise.
The report, conducted by weapons examiners Lucien Haag and Michael Haag, mentions, “Although Alec Baldwin repeatedly denies pulling the trigger, given the tests, findings and observations reported here, the trigger had to be pulled or depressed sufficiently to release the fully cocked or retracted hammer of the evidence revolver.”
This potentially critical evidence has revitalized discussions on Baldwin’s responsibility in the incident.
Amidst this backdrop, Baldwin and El Dorado Pictures have filed a motion to dismiss a civil case from February, brought forth by Rust crew members Ross Addiego, Doran Curtin, and Reese Price.
They accuse Baldwin and the movie’s producers of “negligent and reckless conduct”.
The New Mexico’s First Judicial District Court will convene on Wednesday to deliberate on these motions.
The broader Rust criminal trial, initially scheduled for the end of this year, has now been postponed to February 21, 2024.
Reasons cited include “scheduling issues” related to witnesses.
It remains to be seen how these developments will influence Baldwin’s legal trajectory.
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