Alec Baldwin’s Murder Charge Stands: Judge Rejects Dismissal Plea

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Alec Baldwin’s Motion to Dismiss Manslaughter Charge Denied in Fatal “Rust” Shooting

A New Mexico judge has rejected actor Alec Baldwin’s motion to dismiss an involuntary manslaughter charge brought against him in connection with the 2021 on-set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

A New Mexico judge has denied actor Alec Baldwin's motion to dismiss an involuntary manslaughter charge brought against him in connection with the 2021 on-set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

In 2021, Baldwin was handling a gun on the set of the Western film “Rust” when it discharged, fatally striking Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. Baldwin has maintained that he did not pull the trigger but that the gun accidentally fired.

Judge Rejects Baldwin’s Arguments

In his motion, Baldwin argued that the involuntary manslaughter charge should be dismissed because it was based on a new law that did not exist at the time of the shooting. The judge, however, ruled that the law applies retroactively to Baldwin’s case.

Baldwin also argued that he was not responsible for Hutchins’ death because he relied on safety professionals on the set. But the judge found that Baldwin had a “duty to ensure that the firearm he was handling was unloaded and safe to use” and that he had not taken “any steps to verify the safety of the firearm.”

Baldwin’s Attorney Expresses Disappointment

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, expressed disappointment with the judge’s decision. He stated that Baldwin “had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun” and that the judge’s ruling “distorts the history of the law.”

The trial in Baldwin’s case is scheduled to begin in January 2023. He faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted.

Additional Background on the Case

The Fatal Incident

On October 21, 2021, while Baldwin was rehearsing with a gun on the set of “Rust,” it discharged a live round, killing Hutchins and injuring Souza.

Legal Proceedings

In August 2022, District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies formally charged Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed with involuntary manslaughter.

Baldwin has pleaded not guilty, and his legal team has filed several motions to dismiss the charges.

Public Scrutiny and Controversy

The case has sparked significant public scrutiny and controversy, raising questions about firearm safety on film sets and the use of real weapons in productions.