Hollywood star and Trump hater Alec Baldwin has pleaded “not guilty” to the involuntary manslaughter charge that he is facing in the “Rust” shooting case. That plea was filed in a New Mexico on Thursday by his attorneys and, as a result, Baldwin will no longer need to appear at a Friday hearing.
While he waits for the trial to get going, the New Mexico court has ruled that Mr. Baldwin can neither consume alcohol nor possess firearms and other dangerous weapons. During the wait, he must also maintain contact with his attorney and make sure that he obeys all “federal, state, tribal, local laws, statutes and ordinances.”
Because the DA dropped the firearm enhancement charge, Baldwin does not now face five long years in prison. Heather Brewer, spokesperson for the New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney, announced that the enhancement charge was dropped by saying:
“In order to avoid further litigious distractions by Mr. Baldwin and his attorneys, the District Attorney and the special prosecutor have removed the firearm enhancement to the involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Halyna Hutchins on the Rust film set.
“The prosecution’s priority is securing justice, not securing billable hours for big-city attorneys.”
As background, the shooting on the Rust set occurred in 2021. Baldwin was apparently practicing using a Colt .45 for the movie, a Western, pointing at the camera while practicing his quickdraw for the film. Unfortunately, the revolver was loaded and so it actually fired.Baldwin’s shot hit and killed the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, who was 42 at the time of her death. As the cinematographer, she was behind the camera at which Baldwin was aiming while practicing his quickdraw. The director of “Rust,” Joel Souza, was also injured by the shooting.
Baldwin was apparently told by the film’s assistant director, Dave Halls, that the Colt .45 was a “cold gun,” meaning that it was unloaded.
The DA, in her written statement on the charges posted to Facebook, said (emphasis ours):
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