Alec Baldwin Faces Legal Firestorm: Grand Jury Indicts for Involuntary Manslaughter in ‘Rust’ Tragedy
A grand jury has indicted Alec Baldwin on an involuntary manslaughter charge related to the tragic shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of ‘Rust’ in New Mexico.
This comes months after prosecutors had initially dropped charges against Baldwin over her death.
Firearms Negligence Allegations Unfold
The indictment specifically charges Baldwin, 65, with involuntary manslaughter, citing negligent use of a firearm or, alternatively, involuntary manslaughter without due caution or circumspection—both classified as fourth-degree felonies.
Baldwin’s attorneys, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro of Quinn Emanuel, responded to the indictment, stating, “We look forward to our day in court.” The special prosecutors, who had been investigating the ‘Rust’ shooting, had previously suggested in October 2023 that Baldwin had “criminal culpability” and planned to present the case to a grand jury to determine probable cause.
Alec Baldwin: Key Details in ‘Rust’ Shooting Incident and Ongoing Investigation
The incident occurred in October 2021 when Baldwin, practicing a cross-draw, accidentally fired the gun, injuring both Hutchins and director Joel Souza. Baldwin had initially faced two counts of involuntary manslaughter before the case was dropped in April 2023, with the investigation remaining active and ongoing.
Hutchins’ family and the film’s script supervisor, involved in civil lawsuits, expressed anticipation for the criminal trial, emphasizing the pursuit of justice for Halyna’s untimely death. “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez, also charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, faces an additional charge of tampering with evidence.
Gutierrez’s trial is set to begin on Feb. 22, preceded by jury selection on Feb. 21. While gun enhancement charges against her and Baldwin were dropped, legal proceedings surrounding the tragic incident continue, with key players facing legal scrutiny.
Notably, David Halls, the first assistant director, previously sentenced in March 2023, received six months of unsupervised probation as part of a plea deal for his role in the case. As the legal saga unfolds, it highlights the complex issues surrounding accountability and responsibility in the aftermath of the “Rust” on-set shooting.