Alec Baldwin Manslaughter Charges: DA Reveals List of Witnesses in ‘Rust’ Fatal Shooting
Several members of the “Rust” team are expected to be called to testify in the case against Alec Baldwin, including director Joel Souza, who was shot on set.
Baldwin will make his first court appearance virtually on February 24 after being charged with two counts of manslaughter in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Camera assistant Lane Luper is listed as a witness along with gaffer Serge Svetnoy, according to court documents obtained by Fox News Digital. The two have previously spoken about the lack of security on the set of “Rust.”
Luper quit his job on the “Rust” set before the fatal shooting took place.
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“What I put in my resignation letter was lax COVID policies, the drive-up housing situation to and from Albuquerque, and specifically, gun safety, a lack of rehearsals, a lack of preparedness from the crew for what we were doing that day,” Luper previously said during an appearance on “Good Morning America” in November 2021.
Meanwhile, Svetnoy also confirmed the lack of security on set.
At a press conference months after filming, Svetnoy’s lawyer told reporters that the film’s producers were “cutting too many corners to save money” and that on-set negligence led to the Death of Hutchins.
Others on the list include actor Jensen Ackles, script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, props store owner Seth Kenney, line producer Gabrielle Pickle and props master Sarah Zachry.
Also listed are a handful of Santa Fe County investigators, including Sheriff Adan Mendoza, as well as FBI analysts and experts.
Conspicuously absent from the witness list was assistant director David Halls. The first assistant director has agreed to plead guilty to careless use of a deadly weapon. The plea agreement is awaiting a judge’s approval.
Halls reportedly gave the gun to Baldwin before Hutchins’ fatal shot and confirmed it was “cold”, meaning there were no live ammunition.
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Baldwin was formally charged with two counts of manslaughter on January 31, according to court documents. Gunsmith “Rust” Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has also been charged.
In the same documents, prosecutors detailed their probable case against Baldwin.
“Baldwin’s deviation from known standards, practices and protocols directly caused Hutchins’ mortal death,” the documents state.
“Failing to receive the required firearms training, not checking the firearm with the gunsmith, letting the gunsmith leave the guns in the church unattended, walking away of the practice of only accepting the firearm from the armourer, not dealing with on-set safety complaints and/or ensuring that safety meetings have taken place, putting his finger on the trigger of a real firearm when a replica or rubber gun should have been used, pointing firearms at Hutchins and Souza, and general handling of firearms in a careless manner, Baldwin acted with a willful disregard for the safety of others and in a way that endangered other people, especially Hutchins and Souza.”
Hutchins is dead On October 21, 2021, after a gun Baldwin was holding fired on set. The incident happened at a church in Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department spent the last year investigating how the live tours got to the film set. Gutierrez-Reed and Halls were the only other crew members suspected of handling the weapon.
Before Halls handed the gun to Baldwin, Gutierrez-Reed spun the cylinder to show Halls what was inside the gun, his attorney said.
Baldwin has maintained that he did not pull the trigger on the gun – once during a primetime interview shortly after the fatal shooting and again in a podcast episode. The actor initially said that he pulled the hammer of the gun as far as he could and released it, but didn’t pull the trigger.
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