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Alec Baldwin Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

American Actor Alec Baldwin is due for arraignment in New Mexico related to the 2021 “Rust” set shooting.

This event brings new focus to the tragic incident that resulted in cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ death.

Arraignment Scheduled

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Baldwin will face arraignment this week for involuntary manslaughter.

The charges are tied to the 2021 fatal shooting on the “Rust” film set.

Virtual Court Procedure

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The First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe will conduct Baldwin’s arraignment virtually.

This announcement was made by a spokesperson for New Mexico’s court system.

Awaiting Legal Comment

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Baldwin’s attorneys have yet to respond to requests for comment on the upcoming arraignment.

Earlier, they expressed a desire to present their case in court.

The Incident’s Impact

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The shooting on October 21, 2021, claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins.

This incident has brought renewed attention to safety on film sets.

New Charges and Indictment

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A New Mexico grand jury indicted Baldwin following an independent forensic test.

The test concluded Baldwin must have pulled the revolver’s trigger.

Forensic Test Findings

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The forensic test’s findings corroborated a previous FBI test.

Both indicated the necessity of the trigger being pulled to fire the weapon.

Defense Perspective

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Baldwin’s lawyers have labeled the prosecution misguided.

They refer to the incident as a tragedy that has led to an unjust legal situation.

Baldwin’s Denial

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Baldwin denies responsibility for Hutchins’ death.

He insists he did not pull the trigger of the gun that caused the fatal shooting.

Dual Casualties

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Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting.

He was wounded by the same bullet that tragically killed Hutchins.

Halls’ Statement

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Assistant director David Halls, who handed the gun to Baldwin, had declared it “cold.”

He later told police he did not know the gun was loaded.

Halls’ Legal Outcome

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In a plea agreement, Halls faced a six-month suspended sentence and probation.

He was also fined and required to complete community service and a firearms safety class.

Weapons Handler Charged

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Hannah Gutierrez, the chief weapons handler, is also facing charges.

Her trial for involuntary manslaughter is scheduled for this year.

Initial Charge Dismissal

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Baldwin had previously been cleared of charges.

This was due to evidence suggesting the gun’s hammer might have been modified to fire without a trigger pull.

Legal Developments

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Baldwin’s arraignment brings new developments to the case.

It highlights the ongoing legal complexities of the “Rust” shooting incident.

Case Progression

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As Baldwin prepares for his virtual arraignment, the legal saga continues.

The case remains under intense scrutiny due to its high-profile nature and tragic circumstances.

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