After months of tedious investigation, at times hampered by those involved in the horrid incident, there are now charges being filed in the death of Halyna Hutchins – a cinematographer shot and killed on the set of an Alec Baldwin film.
Baldwin, whose on-set gun was somehow loaded with live rounds, shot and killed Hutchins as he was rehearsing for a scene. The actor and producer suggested that the gun discharged despite his not pulling the trigger, a claim that was later refuted by forensic analysis.
The Saturday Night Live alumni will now be facing charges.
Alec Baldwin will be criminally charged by New Mexico prosecutors for the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film “Rust,” authorities said Thursday.
Baldwin, the Emmy-winning star of “30 Rock” and dozens of films including “The Hunt for Red October,” shot the bullet that killed Hutchins. Baldwin said he “didn’t pull the trigger” in an ABC interview. An FBI forensic report obtained by ABC News uncovered that despite Baldwin’s denial, the gun could not have gone off without the pull of a trigger.
It wasn’t just Baldwin facing charges, either.
Baldwin and the movie’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, each will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. One of the counts is for involuntary manslaughter, in which prosecutors will have to prove there is underlying negligence, prosecutors said. This is a fourth-degree felony that carries a sentence of up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Baldwin had previously impeded the investigation into Hutchins’ death by refusing to hand over his cell phone to authorities.