Mary Carmack, the First Judicial District attorney, announced that Alec Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez–Reed will be charged with involuntary killing after the murder of Halyna Utchins.
Press release published to the First Judicial District Attorney’s Facebook page stated, “New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced on Thursday that, in keeping with her commitment to pursue justice for all victims and to hold everyone accountable under the law, her office before the end of the month will file criminal charges in the Rust film-set shooting.”
It went on, “Rust actor and producer Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Halyna Hutchins on the film’s Santa Fe County set in 2021.”
The press release also revealed that Rust’s Assistant Director David Halls “signed a plea greement for the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon. The terms include a suspended sentence and six months of probation.”
It also detailed that there won’t be any charges filed “specific to the non-fatal shooting of Rust director Joel Souza.”
Carmack-Altwies stated, “After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the Rust film crew.”
She said, “On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”
The press release further described. “Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will be ‘charged in the alternative’ with the two counts of manslaughter, meaning that a jury would decide not simply if they were guilty, but under which definition of involuntary manslaughter they were guilty.”
This explains the involuntary murder and manslaughter charges. “The first charge can be referred to simply as involuntary manslaughter. For this charge to be proved there must be underlying negligence. Under New Mexico law, involuntary manslaughter is a fourth-degree felony and is punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine. This charge also includes the misdemeanor charge of negligent use of a firearm, which would likely merge as a matter of law.”
“The other charge is involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act,” It explains. “This charge requires proof that there was more than simple negligence involved in a death. This is also a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in jail and up to a $5000 fine. This charge includes a firearm enhancement, or added mandatory penalty, because a firearm was involved. The firearm enhancement makes the crime punishable by a mandatory five years in jail.”
Andrea Reeb was a special prosecutor assigned to the case by Carmack and Altwies. “If any one of these three people—Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls—had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple.”
She said, “The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the Rust film set. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don’t take our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously.”
The official charges will be filed before the end of the month. Both Baldwin and GutierrezReed will be summoned for a statement after the charges have been filed. “first appearance” You can also take part in an interrogation hearing.
This is what the press release says “first appearance” They can also request a waiver of the fee. After the first appearance, there is a preliminary hearing. A District Attorney and Special Prosecutor will present their case. The judge will then decide whether probable cause exists and whether the case will proceed to trial.
The press release concluded with the following: “Once charges are filed, more detailed paperwork will be available online through the court that details the evidence the DA and the special prosecutor cite. An announcement will be made to the public when the charges have formally been filed.”
Baldwin previously told ABC News that he didn’t pull the trigger albeit he did indicate he cocked the gun.
Baldwin explained what had happened and said: “So I take the gun and I start to cock the gun. I’m not going to pull the trigger. I said, ‘Do you see this?’ She says, “Well, just cheat it down and tilt it down a little bit like that.’ And I cock the gun and I go, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?’ And she says…and I let go of the hammer of the gun and the gun goes off. I let go of the hammer of the gun and the gun goes off.”
Baldwin clarified, “That was the moment the gun went off. That was the moment the gun went off.”
He stated then that he hadn’t pulled the trigger. “Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger.”Baldwin reiterated his point. “No, no, no, no. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”
“That was the training that I had. You don’t point a gun at somebody and pull the trigger,” He added.
Then he described the training he had received. “On day one of my instruction in this business people said to me, ‘Never take a gun and go click click click click because even though it’s incremental you damage the firing pin on the gun. Don’t do that.’”
However, as the segment continued his story slightly changes as he went on to claim he didn’t cock the gun. Stephanopoulos heard that he pulled. “the hammer as far back as I could without cocking the actual…”
Stephanopoulos says, “And you are holding on to the hammer?”
Baldwin replied, “I’m holding. I’m just showing her. I go, ‘How about that? Does that work? You see that?’ Do you see that? Do you see that?’ She goes, ‘Yeah that’s good.’ I let go of the hammer. Bang. The gun goes off.”
He would later tell Stephanopoulos that he’s not responsible for the killing of Hutchins, “People said to me. I mean I got countless people online saying, ‘You idiot. You never point a gun at someone.’ Well, unless you are told it’s empty and it is the director of photography who is instructing you on the angle of a shot we are going to do.”
“And she and I had this thing in common where we both thought it was empty and it wasn’t. And that’s not her responsibility. That’s not my responsibility. Whose responsibility remains to be seen,” he declared.
He claimed that he did not feel any guilt for telling Stephanopoulos. “No. Someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
.@GStephanopoulos: “Do you feel guilt?”
Alec Baldwin: “No. Someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
— ABC News (@ABC) December 3, 2021
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