BREAKING: District Attorney announces decision on whether to charge Alec Baldwin in ‘Rust’ shooting

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Prosecutors plan to charge Alec Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico in 2021, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.

The film’s armorer overseeing weapons, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, is also expected to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the incident, according to the person.

The film’s first assistant director, David Halls, has agreed to plead guilty to the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon, according to the person.

Charges against Baldwin and Reed are expected to be filed by the end of the month.

The accidental shooting occurred on a ranch outside of Sante Fe, New Mexico on  Oct. 21, 2021 during filming of the movie, “Rust.”

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins  was killed and the film’s director, Joel Souza, was wounded when the gun went off as Baldwin pointed it at Hutchins during the filming.

Santa Fe-area District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies released an official statement in a Facebook post Thursday morning, announcing the decision to charge Baldwin and Reed.  The statement reads as follows:

DA to File Criminal Charges in ‘Rust’ Shooting
Producer Alec Baldwin & Armorer to Face Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in Death of Halyna Hutchins
Assistant Director Pleads to Negligent Use of Deadly Weapon

For Immediate Release: January 19, 2023

Contact: Heather Brewer, 505-310-5957, [email protected]
SANTA FE, N.M.—New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced on Thursday that, in keeping with her commitment to pursue justice for all victims and to hold everyone accountable under the law, her office before the end of the month will file criminal charges in the “Rust” film-set shooting.

“Rust” actor and producer Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Halyna Hutchins on the film’s Santa Fe County set in 2021.

Assistant director David Halls has signed a plea agreement for the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon. The terms include a suspended sentence and six months of probation. A copy of the plea agreement will be available after it has been filed with the court.

No charges will be filed specific to the non-fatal shooting of “Rust” director Joel Souza.

“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ film crew,” Carmack-Altwies said. “On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”

Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will be “charged in the alternative” with the two counts of manslaughter, meaning that a jury would decide not simply if they were guilty, but under which definition of involuntary manslaughter they were guilty.

The first charge can be referred to simply as involuntary manslaughter. For this charge to be proved there must be underlying negligence. Under New Mexico law, involuntary manslaughter is a fourth-degree felony and is punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine. This charge also includes the misdemeanor charge of negligent use of a firearm, which would likely merge as a matter of law.

The other charge is involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act. This charge requires proof that there was more than simple negligence involved in a death. This is also a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in jail and up to a $5000 fine. This charge includes a firearm enhancement, or added mandatory penalty, because a firearm was involved. The firearm enhancement makes the crime punishable by a mandatory five years in jail.

“If any one of these three people—Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls—had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple,” said Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor appointed by the DA to the case. “The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the ‘Rust’ film set. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don’t take our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously.”

Carmack-Altwies and Reeb will formally file charges with New Mexico’s First Judicial District Court before the end of the month. Following the filing of charges, each defendant will be issued a summons with the charging information. Shortly after receiving the summons each defendant is required to make a “first appearance,” a procedure that is often referred to in other jurisdictions as an arraignment. That first appearance can be done virtually, and defendants can even move to have their first appearance waived. First appearance dates are set by the court, not by the District Attorney.

Given that the First Judicial District in New Mexico is only impaneling grand juries under certain circumstances due to ongoing COVID restrictions, the next step after first appearance will be a preliminary hearing. In this process, a judge takes on the role of the grand jury. The District Attorney and the special prosecutor present their case to the judge. The judge then rules whether there is probable cause to move forward with a trial. The dates for a preliminary hearing will be set by the court, not by the District Attorney. However, preliminary hearings are typically scheduled within 60 days of charges being filed.

“There is a very clear process for pursuing justice in this case,” Carmack-Altwies said. “We are committed to upholding the integrity of that process to ensure equal justice under the law.”

Once charges are filed, more detailed paperwork will be available online through the court that details the evidence the DA and the special prosecutor cite. An announcement will be made to the public when the charges have formally been filed.

The District Attorney received the final Santa Fe County Sheriff’s report on October 27, 2022, and moved quickly to carefully and thoughtfully review the evidence, allowing the DA to make her decision on charges less than three months after receiving the initiating report.


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  1. Alec will escape any punishment. His team will probably bribe the armorer with big buck$ to take the fall and Alec will laugh at justice. Also that DA’s office is liberal. They can also plea it down to a lesser charge and sentence Alec to probation.

  2. Of course it can be argued that he was entitled to assume the gun was not loaded. But — even then — it will be very difficult for Baldwin to explain why it was necessary to point the gun at a human being and pull the trigger.


    • Yes, agree. I was trained to never point my gun at a human unless you intend to use it. If your life is jeopardized, that would be a reason to point it at a perp. I am committed to safety by taking gun safety classes yearly which are offered by our local Sherriff’s office. We have a shooting range about 5 miles away. I practice at the range at least once a month.

  3. 18 months is nothing. I hope he has to be accountable for something. 5 years is better but still not enough. Either way he’ll get credit for time served and a compassionate release with probation or something similar. Remember he’s an actor and he won’t see any time. Two tiers of justice. I don’t believe he has any remorse. Baldwin is so smug. Can’t wait to see his response. He will probably give a convincing performance.

  4. Sheelac NoBallswin finally got charged as he should! Should be Homicide! That stupid prick deserves what he gets. When he goes to prison, he can have a rear end collision with his cell mate.
    He can entertain all the other prisoners with his Trumper impression while playing at ” Direct from Prison, Live its Saturday night live at the Cell Block”
    What an asshole! 😁😁😁

  5. I am not a fan of Mr. Baldwin’s, but why is there no effort being made to determine who put a live round of ammunition in a movie gun on a movie set? There was no reason on earth for a live round to be in that gun or for Baldwin to expect that.

  6. About time. If any of us killed someone we wouldn’t be able to take vacations. Pull his past actions and let the people know THIS IS A DANGEROUS INDIVIDUAL. I hope this nutcase rots in prison. He punches people over a parking space. Hurray.

  7. Finally! No one is above the law! I’m glad Baldwin got charged. He’s now a felon! Two counts of involuntary manslaughter which is a fourth degree felony and a sentence of 18 months for each count served with a fine of $5,000 each if I read that right? IF he serves both for 36 months and a $10,000 fine! I just saw Baldwin on a Podcast bragging about how he knew a girl in that court system and that she verified to him that they all knew all along he would not be criminally charged! Surprise, Surprise, Alec Baldwin! Your big mouth and you’re actions got you what you deserved. This arrogant man is dangerous. The second involuntary manslaughter charge includes a firearm enhancement, or added mandatory penalty, because a firearm was involved. The firearm enhancement makes the crime punishable by a mandatory five years in jail. In my opinion, Baldwin should get the 5 years as well! 36 months is not enough time served for taking a women’s life! Of course, it has to go to trial yet, so, lesser charges can be given. If he squirms out of this because of the injustice of the court system, we are “hopeless” in this country.

    • In reference to your Podcast of baldwin bragging, wouldn’t that girl in the court system who he allegedly talked with be a problem knowing that pre trial. Could that be considered jury tampering. If the jury was already picked for his trial, was the jury compromised already knowing or being directed how they would rule. Just sounded strange to me. Did baldwin already buy them off.

      • How can there be jury tampering?
        The decision to charge him was announced only today.

        The trial date and the choosing of the jury is months – or years- away.

  8. Anyone who has ever taken a NRA gun safety course, knows you don’t ever point a gun at someone, and handle it like it is always loaded.unless you are defending yourself from death or bodily harm. He may have thought that the gun was loaded with blanks ,they’re still dangerous. Same precautions.

    • The shooting death of actor Brandon Lee in 1994 established a CLEAR legal duty on film producers and others such as armorers to handle deadly weapons in a safe & reasonable manner.

      Baldwin, both as producer of the film and the person who aimed and fired the weapon, failed in this legal duty.


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