Hollywood actor-producer Alec Baldwin’s Rust shooting incident was a tragic event that happened last year in October, in which Ukrainian cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed while working on the sets in Mexico. While rehearsing a scene, Baldwin believed that the prop gun was not live, with an FBI report claiming Alec Baldwin must have pulled the trigger. The court ruled the death of the cinematographer as an ‘accident’ which will likely make this case be tried for involuntary manslaughter.
The 64-year-old actor is known for his versatile performances in television and films and is popularly known for his performances in 1990’s The Hunt for Red October and 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross. He is also a comedian and political activist who received critical acclaim for portraying Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.
Halyna Hutchins’ Death Ruled as an Accident
The court has ruled Halyna Hutchins’ death in Rust Shooting Incident as an “accident”. The cinematographer was shot by the actor, though he had denied pulling the trigger in an interview stating, “The trigger wasn’t pulled, I didn’t pull the trigger.”
Baldwin’s attorney informed that the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator had reviewed the documents which classify Hutchins’ death as an accident stating:
“The critical report is the one from the medical examiner, who concluded that this was a tragic accident. This is the third time the New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on the set, that he was told by the person in charge of safety on the set that the gun was ‘cold,’ and believed the gun was safe.”
According to the post-mortem report by ABC news, “Death was caused by a gunshot wound of the chest” however no compelling demonstration reports were shown that “the firearm was intentionally loaded with live ammunition on set. Based on all available information, including the absence of obvious intent to cause harm or death, the manner of death is best classified as accident.”
The Rust Shooting Case Will Likely To Attempt For Involuntary Slaughter
Now that the court has ruled Hutchins’ death on the set of the film Rust as an accident, as per the report, the case will likely try for involuntary manslaughter. The actor’s attorney had shared “Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on the set, that he was told by the person in charge of safety on the set that the gun was ‘cold,’ and believed the gun was safe.”
For the unversed, Involuntary manslaughter happens when a person is involved in a lawful act though unintentionally kills somebody by being negligent or not exercising due care. It is a fourth-degree felony that carries a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and probation.
Source: ABC News