Alec Baldwin Enters a Not Guilty plea in Response to a Fresh Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

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FILE – Actor Alec Baldwin attends a news conference at United Nations headquarters, Sept. 2

Hollywood actor, Alec Baldwin has entered a plea of not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The incident occurred on the set of the film “Rust,” a Western being filmed near Santa Fe, New Mexico, in October 2021. Baldwin, aged 65, was practicing firing a pistol for a scene when the tragedy unfolded.

Similar charges had been dropped in April, just two weeks before the scheduled trial, but New Mexico prosecutors have cited new forensic evidence as the basis for reinstating the charges. The actor submitted his not guilty plea in a court filing a day before a planned virtual court appearance in Santa Fe, which has since been canceled.

Baldwin, who maintains he did not pull the trigger of the Colt .45 pistol and only drew back its hammer, argues that he is not responsible for Ms. Hutchins’ death because he was unaware that the weapon contained live rounds, and live ammunition was not supposed to be on set.

Special prosecutors in New Mexico, however, assert that forensic tests on the weapon, which had been broken during FBI testing, indicated that the incident could only have occurred if the trigger had been pulled. Despite Baldwin’s repeated denials, the report concluded that the trigger had to be pulled or depressed sufficiently to release the fully cocked or retracted hammer of the evidence revolver.

In recent court filings, Baldwin expressed his “shock and sadness” over Ms. Hutchins’ death and disclosed his struggle to find acting work since the incident. The involuntary manslaughter charges, previously dropped in April, were cautioned to potentially be refiled as investigations continued.

Source: BBC

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