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Since the criminal charges were dropped against Alec Baldwin, he may still be called into court for the shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, reports have emerged.
People has obtained a forensic report on Tuesday concluding that the trigger of the prop Colt .45 revolver containing live rounds was pulled “sufficiently” enough to cause the mishap.
The firearms report by experts Lucien Haag and Mike Haag, who was hired by the State of New Mexico, against Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, reads, “Although Alec Baldwin repeatedly denies pulling the trigger, given the tests, findings and observations reported here, the trigger had to be pulled or depressed sufficiently to release the fully cocked or retracted hammer of the evidence revolver. This fatal incident was the consequence of the hammer being manually retracted to its fully rearward and cocked position followed, at some point, by the pull or rearward depression of the trigger.”
In October 2021, Baldwin held the gun from the report on the sets of Rust, where it discharged and wounded writer-director Joel Souza and killed Halyna Hutchins, 42. Baldwin was charged with 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter by the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges were dropped without prejudice in April, but prosecutors Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis wrote in a June 9 court filing that Baldwin still stands a chance of facing charges based on the ongoing investigation into the gun.
“The gun and broken sear have been sent to the state’s independent expert for further testing. The charges against Alec Baldwin were dismissed without prejudice because a possible malfunction of the gun significantly effects causation with regard to Baldwin, not with regard to Gutierrez. If it is determined that the gun did not malfunction, charges against Mr. Baldwin will proceed,” the prosecutor duo wrote, adding that they are expecting to come to a final decision for Baldwin within the next 60 days.
What The Report Suggests
The report in the case against Gutierrez-Reed said the gun “was found to function properly and in accordance with the operational design of original Colt 1873 single-action revolvers.” It also includes photos of Baldwin in costume, holding the weapon, and rehearsing prior to the accident.
It argues that although “the full-cock step on the hammer had been severely damaged, the top of the trigger’s sear was broken off and the bolt (cylinder stop) was also broken” due to the incident, there was no indication of “any modification to the gun.”
Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb said in January that “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. The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the Rust film set.”
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