Actor Alec Baldwin is on trial for shooting and killing Halyna Hutchins on set.

A trial began in the United States on Tuesday against Actor Alec Baldwinwas charged with involuntary manslaughter while filming his western “Rust” in October 2021. Baldwin faces Punishment of up to 18 months in prison To fire a fatal shot at cinematographer Halina Hutchins.

The trial in the case is taking place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is scheduled to continue until July 19. popular jury We will have to determine the actor’s responsibility in the accident in which Hutchins died and director Joel Souza also suffered a shoulder injury.

Real ammunition or prop?

The events took place during a rehearsal. The actor and producer of the film were fired. A weapon that was supposed to be a prop. It was supposed to contain only incendiary bullets.

Baldwin always maintained that he made sure the gun was a “cool gun” and And was unable to fire live ammunition.He also went so far as to deny that he pulled the trigger, but an FBI forensic report discredited his story and concluded that he was the one who fired the shot.

Cinematographer Halina Hutchins is honored in New Mexico (Reuters/Kevin Mohatt)

The Chief of Arms and Assistant Director condemned

Last April, the American judiciary convicted the film’s producer, Hannah Gutierrez Reidwas sentenced to 18 months in prison for manslaughter. Prosecutors accused her of unwittingly bringing live ammunition onto the set, where it was prohibited, and failing to follow basic safety protocols.

A year earlier, he was assistant director of the film, Dave Hallsagreed to a 6-month probation sentence and a €500 fine. negligence in the use of lethal weapons.

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Alec Baldwin He now sits in the dock despite his attempts to have all charges dropped. In fact, His case was dismissed. In April 2023, but in January the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office again presented evidence to reopen it.

His lawyers have claimed that prosecutors destroyed evidence that could have been crucial to his defense and that this prevented a “fair trial” for Baldwin. However, the case is moving forward.

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