Alec Baldwin Seeks Manslaughter Charge Dismissal

Alec Baldwin's legal battle over the "Rust" tragedy continues

by Zain ul Abedin
Alec Baldwin Seeks Manslaughter Charge Dismissal
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Alec Baldwin's legal team will present a motion to dismiss his involuntary manslaughter charge related to the fatal 2021 shooting on the set of "Rust" to a New Mexico judge on Friday. The incident occurred when Baldwin was rehearsing a cross-draw in a church scene for the Western film, and the Colt .45 revolver he was handling discharged a live round.

The tragic accident resulted in the death of 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin, 66, who also served as a producer on the film, was indicted by a grand jury on involuntary manslaughter charges earlier this year, after the initial charges were dropped by prosecutors.

He has pleaded not guilty, with his trial set to commence in July. The defense's motion to dismiss the indictment will be heard remotely on Friday before Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer at 10 a.m. MT. Baldwin's attorneys argue that the prosecution engaged in "unethical disparagement" and "violated nearly every rule in the book" to secure the grand jury indictment.

Legal Disputes Intensify

In their filing, Baldwin's legal team contended that the state did not make Baldwin's witnesses available to testify and failed to present exculpatory evidence to the grand jury. "The State prosecutors have engaged in this misconduct -- and publicly dragged Baldwin through the cesspool created by their improprieties -- without any regard for the fact that serious criminal charges have been hanging over his head for two and a half years.

Enough is enough," the motion, filed in March, stated. Prosecutors, in their response filed in April, claimed that Baldwin disregarded concerns about the film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez, and compromised safety on the set by pressing the crew and Gutierrez to work faster.

"The combination of Hannah Gutierrez's negligence and inexperience and Alec Baldwin's complete lack of concern for the safety of those around him would prove deadly for Halyna Hutchins," prosecutors asserted. Gutierrez, 27, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the October 2021 shooting and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, the maximum penalty.

She appealed her conviction earlier this week.

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