‘Rust’ tragedy: Alec Baldwin should not be charged in criminal case over shooting death of Halyna Hutchins

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As Fox News has reported, state prosecutors in New Mexico, have announced that they are filing two counts of involuntary manslaughter against Alec Baldwin in the October 2021 killing of Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust,” a Western they were then filming.

Hutchins, a 42-year-old Ukrainian-born veteran cinematographer, was fatally shot when the gun Baldwin pointed at her during rehearsal discharged. The 64-year-old Hollywood and television star has maintained that he is not responsible for the tragic accident, claiming he did not pull the weapon’s trigger – although he has stated that he pulled back the gun’s hammer and released it. Last August, an FBI forensic analysis concluded, to the contrary, that the trigger had to have been pulled.

Also charged in both counts is Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the so-called armorer for the film’s production. The shooting occurred on the set at a ranch in Bonanza City, N.M. That’s about 13 miles south of Santa Fe County, whose Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive investigation but did not make a charging recommendation. First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis decided to file criminal charges.

In addition to the evidence developed in the sheriff’s report, the prosecution will

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