Bringing back an indictment against the actor and producer, Alec Baldwin was indicted by a New Mexico grand jury on an inadvertent killing allegation related to the 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Rust set of the Western picture.The evidence was presented before a Santa Fe grand jury previously in the week by special prosecutors Kari T. Morrissey and Jason J. Lewis, and Baldwin was charged on Friday, pursuant to the Associated Press. EW has contacted Baldwin’s legal team as well as Morrissey and Lewis for comments.
The AP was informed by Baldwin’s defence lawyers, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, that “we look forward to our day in court.” In January 2023, Baldwin was first accused of killing someone involuntarily and entered a not guilty plea. Three months afterwards, Morrissey and Lewis withdrawn the accusations, citing “new facts were revealed that demand further investigation and forensic analysis.” It was said, however, that their choice “does not absolve Mr. Baldwin of criminal culpability and charges may be refiled.”
Next, in October, Morrissey and Lewis declared that “we believe additional facts have come to light that show Mr. Baldwin has criminal culpability in the shooting of [Rust director] Joel Souza and the death of Halyna Hutchins.” “We believe the appropriate course of action is to permit a panel of New Mexico citizens to determine from here whether Mr. Baldwin should be held over for criminal trial,” they stated, outlining their intention to take the matter to a grand jury.
When Baldwin’s gun went off on October 21, 2021, on the Rust set, Hutchins was murdered and Souza was injured. Baldwin has insisted that he did not pull the trigger despite having been informed that the gun was “cold,” or devoid of live rounds. Following forensic firearms expert Lucien C. Haag’s study revealed that the prop pistol’s trigger “had to be pulled or depressed sufficiently to release the fully cocked or retracted hammer of the evidence revolver,” the prosecution revived the case, as reported by the New York Times. The publication did point out that Haag had to reconstruct a few of the weapon’s components as part of his examination because the FBI had damaged them earlier.