Monday, June 17, 2024

Alec Baldwin Will Stand Trial for “Rust” Shooting After Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Involuntary Manslaughter


Alec Baldwin is going on trial this summer.

A judge in Santa Fe has dismissed Baldwin’s motion to end his involuntary manslaughter case in the “Rust” case.

In October 2022, Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer of Baldwin’s indie movie, “Rust,” was killed, and the director wounded when a prop gun discharged on the New Mexico set.

The armorer on the set, Hannah Gutierrez, has already been found guilty on involuntary manslaughter. She was given the maximum sentence of 18 months.

Baldwin, who had the gun in his hand, and was also producer of the movie, has been charged by the state after several moves back and forth. A grand jury finally decided there was sufficient evidence that he acted negligently by pointing a loaded gun at Hutchins without first checking the weapon. If found guilty Baldwin also faces 18 months in jail.

Baldwin thought by reaching settlements with Hutchins’ husband, and others on the set, he’d escaped this situation. But the Santa Fe DA’s office is determined to prove they can beat a Hollywood star and his lawyers — even if it doesn’t make sense.

Baldwin’s lawyers said in the motion that prosecutors were bending over backwards to prove a shaky case. But New Mexico First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer said she didn’t see prosecutorial misconduct. So the trial goes forward in mid summer. Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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