The Rust Case Special Prosecutor Dismisses Alec Baldwin- Prosecutors in New Mexico have reduced the manslaughter charges against actor Alec Baldwin in connection with the fatal shooting that occurred in 2021 on the set of the film “Rust,” which will shorten any potential prison time the actor might serve for the death of the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins.
The action was taken after Baldwin’s lawyers submitted a motion last month to dismiss the firearm enhancement allegation because prosecutors were mistaken.
Adding that “the prosecution’s priority is securing justice, not securing billable hours for big-city attorneys,” Heather Brewer, a spokeswoman for the New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said the enhancement charge was being dropped “to avoid further litigious distractions by Mr. Baldwin and his attorneys.”
Prosecutors also reduced the manslaughter charges against Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the movie’s armourer, and withdrew the related firearm enhancement allegation against her.
As a result of the ruling, Guiterrez Reed will likely serve less time in jail if found guilty.
Gutierrez Reed’s lawyer Jason Bowles stated, “We welcome the District Attorney’s decision to dismiss the firearms enhancement, and it was the right judgement, ethically and on the merits.”
In February, Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed received formal charges related to the incident.
Both defendants’ attorneys have previously maintained that their clients are innocent.
Alec Baldwin was holding a prop gun when a live round of ammunition shot from the gun struck and killed Hutchins. Baldwin insists he did not pull the trigger.
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Joel Souza, who directed the film, was also shot and hurt.
Hutchins’ parents and sister filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin, the film’s production firm, and others earlier this month.
Baldwin plans to finish the movie and keep playing the lead role, a production attorney told CNN in January.