Judge rejects Alec Baldwin’s request to dismiss charge in Rust shooting | US News

The 66-year-old’s trial over the 2021 death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is set to begin in July.

By Niamh Lynch, news reporter @niamhielynch

Saturday 25 May 2024 00:33, United Kingdom

A judge has denied a request by Alec Baldwin to dismiss his criminal charge related to the fatal shooting on the set of Rust.

Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer confirmed the accusation Baldwin with a charge of involuntary manslaughter for the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, in 2021.

He New Mexico The judge rejected defense arguments that prosecutors violated the rules of grand jury procedures to divert attention from exculpatory evidence and witnesses.

Halyna Hutchins. Photo: Shutterstock

Prosecutors denied the allegations and said Baldwin made “brazen” attempts to escape guilt, highlighting contradictions in his statements to authorities, workplace safety regulators and in a television interview.

Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison.

His lawyers said after Friday’s sentencing: “We look forward to our day in court.”

The 66-year-old’s trial is scheduled to begin in July.

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During a rehearsal on the set of the western film, Baldwin pointed a gun at Hutchins when the revolver went off, killing her and wounding director Joel Souza.

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The actor has maintained that he pressed the hammer of the gun but not the trigger.