New Charges May Be Filed Against Alec Baldwin in “Rust” Shooting
New Mexico Prosecutors Plan to Recharge Alec Baldwin for Involuntary Manslaughter
Actor Alec Baldwin may face new charges in connection with the tragic “Rust” shooting incident that occurred in 2021. According to NBC News, two sources familiar with the matter have reported that New Mexico prosecutors intend to bring forward charges of involuntary manslaughter against Baldwin. These charges will be presented to a grand jury in mid-November.
The Allegations and Baldwin’s Response
Alec Baldwin was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October 2021. Hutchins tragically lost her life when a live round was fired from a revolver Baldwin was rehearsing with, passing through her and injuring director Joel Souza. Baldwin has consistently maintained that he is not responsible for Hutchins’ death and that he did not pull the trigger.
Previous Charges Dismissed, But New Evidence Emerges
In April, prosecutors dismissed the charges against Baldwin after new evidence surfaced suggesting that the gun used in the incident may have been modified, allowing it to fire without the trigger being pulled. However, the possibility of new charges arose as Kari Morrissey, a special prosecutor on the case, stated that if subsequent testing established the gun was functional, Baldwin could be recharged.
Expert Testing Clears Doubts
An independent expert conducted further testing on the gun, confirming that it would not fire unless the trigger was pulled. This aligns with previous FBI testing on the reproduction long Colt .45 revolver. These findings provide evidence that the gun was not modified and further support Baldwin’s claim that he did not cause the tragic accident.
Awaiting the Grand Jury’s Decision
The upcoming grand jury hearing in mid-November will determine whether Alec Baldwin will face new charges of involuntary manslaughter. Baldwin’s legal team and Kari Morrissey, the special prosecutor, have not yet commented on the latest developments.
The “Rust” shooting incident continues to be a tragic event that has had significant repercussions for all parties involved. As the legal process unfolds, it remains to be seen what the grand jury’s decision will be and how this case will ultimately be resolved.