Alec Baldwin’s manslaughter trial to begin in New Mexico

Nearly three years after the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico film set of „Rust”, actor Alec Baldwin is set to stand trial.

Baldwin is charged with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the deadly incident during a rehearsal with a prop gun – which also injured the film’s director, Joel Souza.

Jury selection for Baldwin’s criminal trial begins Tuesday. It is as of yet unknown if Baldwin will take the stand to testify.

Baldwin has stood fast on the affirmation that he did not pull the trigger and that the gun misfired a bullet.

But in 2022, results from FBI testing of the .45-caliber Colt prop revolver stated that the gun would not have gone off without the trigger having been pulled, reports NBC.

Last month, Baldwin’s attorneys asked the judge to throw out the case, saying the firearm was badly damaged during forensic testing at the FBI lab, but the motion was denied.

Baldwin was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter and a firearm enhancement charge, which was eventually dropped, reducing his potential prison sentence by five years.

After that, the charges against Baldwin were dismissed, with the prosecutors citing „new facts in the case”.

Over the course of the next several months, investigators continued to examine evidence and interview witnesses.

Ultimately, Baldwin was indicted by a New Mexico grand jury on one count of involuntary manslaughter.

The film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who was responsible for overseeing the weapons on set, is currently serving an 18-month jail.

Baldwin maintains that he was holding the gun and pulled back the hammer – but not the trigger – when the gun fired unintentionally.

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