This is serious– and why Alec Baldwin has been selling off his New York properties.
Last week the Santa Fe District Attorney participated in a Zoom meeting with the New Mexico State Board of Finance to get emergency funding for four possible murder trials in the “Rust” movie case.
D.A. Mary Carmack-Altwies said she was waiting for the final report from the Sheriff’s Department, that could come in “weeks if not days.” She told the board there was the potential of charging between “1 and 4 people with criminal charges, homicide cases.”
Carmack-Altweis said, “One of the people we’re looking at has attorneys in New York and Los Angeles.” That would be Baldwin.
Last year, on October 21, 2021, Baldwin allegedly pulled the trigger on a prop gun that killed “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. Baldwin claimed that he never pulled the trigger. But a report that came out later stated it was impossible he didn’t. Baldwin and others from the set have been sued civilly over Hutchins’ death.
The D.A. asked for $635,000, saying that her office wasn’t big enough to handle the cases and needed to hire a full time attorney and more staff. The Board of Finance approved just half that amount, suggesting they’re not convinced about putting funds to the prosecution. Baldwin’s very expensive defense lawyers on both coasts definitely took notice of the Board of Finance’s ambivalence in pursuing the matter.
The D.A. definitely has an uphill battle to prosecute these cases they way she’d like.
You can fast forward to 1:35 to pick up this discussion.