August 17, 2023

Alec Baldwin Could Still Face Shooting Charges, Report Says

Alec Baldwin may still face charges related to the shooting death that occurred on the film set of the "Rust" movie after new information has been revealed.

Balwin's charges were dropped in April based on the belief that the revolver involved may have malfunctioned, according to a new report.

“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,” the report led by Lucien Haag of Forensic Science Services in Arizona explained.

“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," it added.

"New Mexico special prosecutor Kari Morrissey handling the “Rust” case said in an email Tuesday that a formal announcement on whether to refile any charges against Baldwin is pending but did not give a timeline," according to the New York Post.

"Baldwin, 65, has maintained that the revolver discharged accidentally after he followed instructions to point it toward Hutchins, who was behind the camera during rehearsal while filming the low-budget Western," it added.

The shooting killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and led to charges against Baldwin and others involved in the film. Baldwin denied pulling the trigger.

The filmmakers planned to restart the rest of the film following the dropped charges, but the new report may have some impact on the process.

For now, Baldwin and "Rust" production members await whether any new charges will be filed over the new analysis.

In either case, Baldwin is expected to continue arguing his innocence as he and others involved seek to move forward after the fatal shooting.

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