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Alec Baldwin will be tried in July for manslaughter

2024-02-27T00:32:42.575Z

Highlights: Alec Baldwin will be tried in July for manslaughter in the death of Halyna Hutchins. The judge in the Rust case has set Alec Baldwin's trial for Tuesday, July 9. If convicted, Baldwin could be sentenced to between 18 months and three years in prison, in addition to paying several thousand dollars in fines. The actor pleaded not guilty in January, one day before he was summoned by the New Mexico court handling his trial. It is the second time that Baldwin has been accused of reckless homicide for the death.


The judge sets for July 9 the start of the process that aims to determine if the actor and producer of the film is responsible for the death of Halyna Hutchins


The judge in the

Rust case

has set Alec Baldwin's trial for Tuesday, July 9.

It will be then that the actor and producer finally faces American justice for a charge of involuntary manslaughter derived from the death of Halyna Hutchins, which occurred in October 2021. This process will culminate the judicial journey that the main people involved in the crime have faced. tragedy of the filming of the independent western.

If convicted, Baldwin could be sentenced to between 18 months and three years in prison, in addition to paying several thousand dollars in fines.

The actor pleaded not guilty in January, one day before he was summoned by the New Mexico court handling his trial.

It is the second time that Baldwin has been accused of reckless homicide for the death of the film's director of photography.

The first time was in January 2023. However, the prosecutors in the case withdrew the charges weeks later when they learned that the revolver that the performer held in rehearsal during the accident was modified.

This year, however, a grand jury found enough evidence for the criminal charge to be refiled.

Alex Spiro, one of the artist's lawyers, had asked the court to quickly set a trial date.

“Mr. Baldwin has been dealing with this for several years,” the lawyer argued at the case hearing held last week.

Spiro had marked June 13 on her calendar, but one of the prosecutors, Kari Morrissey, said she would be busy on those dates.

Judge Mary Marlow Sommer has set the start of the process for Tuesday, July 9, when the jury will be selected.

The trial is believed to last until July 19.

Baldwin's defense will spend the next few months narrowing down the accusation against their client.

Prosecutors are seeking to hold the accused also accountable in his capacity as producer for failures in safety protocols and violations of state workplace safety regulations.

The New Mexico workplace accident agency has fined the production $100,000 for the deadly errors, but also concluded that Baldwin did not have the necessary authority on the set to correct the errors.

Spiro seeks to ensure that that portion of the accusation is not exposed in July.

“There is a theory that being a creative producer, he also has criminal liability, but it seems to us that this will not hold up,” the lawyer said last week.

The actor has always denied pulling the trigger of the .45 Colt revolver that ejected the bullet that killed Hutchins.

This despite the fact that the expert opinion carried out by the FBI and independent experts agree that it should have been triggered to fire.

These days, the trial of the production's gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, is being held, accused of having accidentally put a real bullet in the revolver chamber.

Her attorney, Jason Bowles, blamed Baldwin in opening statements on Feb. 22.

“We all learn as young people that you should never point a gun at someone unless you want to shoot them.

Treat guns as if they were loaded, without putting your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

Mr. Baldwin respected none of this.

"It wasn't Gutierrez Reed, it was Alec Baldwin," the lawyer said.

The prosecutor, Jason Lewis, on the other hand, indicated that the defendant had been careless in ensuring the security of the weapons and ammunition.

Source: elparis

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