Previously, it was believed that Baldwin would not be facing criminal charges for his role in the killing of Halyna Hutchins. However, it was not confirmed that Alec Baldwin will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in New Mexico, which could land Baldwin 18 months in prison if found guilty.
The shooting at the scene of the film “Rust” happened on October 21, 2021, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Joel Souza was injured as well in the shooting. Since the shooting, the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, is being charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, the same charges as Baldwin are facing. Dave Halls, the film’s assistant director, handed Alex Baldwin the fun, and Halls would go on to plead guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon. As a result of his plea deal, Halls will be used as a witness for the state.
The set is alleged to be filled with negligence, including the armorer and producer of the film, and both of which are being charged as well. This largely explains why the armorer is currently being hit with the same charges as Baldwin. Live ammunition, which is not typically used on the set of a film, was alleged to have been on the set of the film since the start of filming. It’s been alleged that the film’s staff was careless with the fun since the start of filming, at times even choosing to practice target shooting in the same area at the film’s set.
Baldwin still maintains that he is not the one who pulled the trigger, as he said in his controversial interview with George Stephanopoulos.