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Judge rejects Alec Baldwin’s request to drop involuntary manslaughter charge

Judge rejects Alec Baldwin’s request to drop involuntary manslaughter charge

Baldwin faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

A New Mexico judge on Friday rejected the petition Alec Baldwin to dismiss the accusation of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting of the director of photography in 2021 Halyna Hutchinspaving the way for an unprecedented trial of a Hollywood actor for an on-set death.

Baldwin’s attorneys argued at a May 17 hearing that the grand jury’s indictment against the actor was “a sham” because a New Mexico state prosecutor did not tell jurors they could question witnesses. of the defense and prevented them from hearing evidence useful to the actor’s case.

The district court judge Mary Marlowe Summer denied the request in a court document.

The trial is scheduled to take place on July 10.

The death of Halyna Hutchins

Hutchins was shot with live ammunition after Baldwin pointed a gun at him while setting up a camera shot on a film set near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The “30 Rock” actor maintains that he did not pull the trigger, a claim that has become the center of the case.

In April, Sommer sentenced 18 months in prison to Hannah Gutierrezgunsmith from “Rust,” after a Santa Fe jury found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter for loading the live bullet into the chamber of the Colt Single Action Army revolver Baldwin was rehearsing with.

Hutchins died in first fatal shootout in which live cartridge was mistaken for blank cartridge, historian says Alan Rode.

Source: Ambito

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