Alec Baldwin risks prosecution for the death on the set of Rust, an expert opinion frames him

More trouble for actor Alec Baldwin following the tragic event that happened in October 2021 when, during the filming of the film Rust, a gunshot killed the director of photography Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin initially avoided prosecution, thanks to his defense attorneys’ argument that the weapon that killed Hutchins was modified and malfunctioning. A new report, however, revealed that his .45 Colt revolver could only fire after pulling the trigger.

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After Hutchins’ death on Oct. 21, 2021, Baldwin was initially charged with manslaughter, but the charge was dropped, with the actor repeatedly denying he pulled the trigger. However, the prosecutors who are following the case, Kari Morrisey and Jason Lewis, have commissioned a new expert report, which was only disclosed yesterday. Experts reconstructed the gun, which was broken during previous FBI tests, concluding that it could fire only by pulling the trigger. With this novelty introduced by the expert report, Baldwin therefore risks going to trial, even if at the moment there is no official indication in this sense. Who is sure to face a trial starting in December instead, is the gunsmith of the film, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, accused of manslaughter and tampering with evidence.