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Trial begins against Alec Baldwin for involuntary manslaughter

Several after charges were first filed against Alec Baldwin for the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, the case reaches its climax this July 9, when his criminal trial for involuntary manslaughter begins in Santa Fe, New Mexico, highlights the newspaper ABC.

Thus, it will be a jury that will determine whether Hutchins' death was his fault or not. The Ukrainian-American, who had worked with the New York interpreter in other productions, was 42 years old.

The American actor went yesterday to a court in New Mexico (USA) for a pre-trial hearing on the charges, EFE reported. Alec Baldwin arrived at the Santa Fe courts in the morning. There he could be seen accompanied by his team of lawyers. The artist showed himself walking at a slow pace, with his head down.

Once inside, the actor was sitting with his legal team. In this framework he listened to the evidence, testimonies and arguments that will be broken down throughout the trial.

The lawsuit officially began this Tuesday, July 9, amid great media excitement and is expected to last 10 days.

Two different charges

The judge, Mary Marlowe Sommer, determined during the appearance that Baldwin's role as producer of the film will not be taken into account.

Alec Baldwin's position as producer has been part of the Prosecutor's Office strategy. This was intended to demonstrate that the actor had additional responsibility during filming, according to CNN.

The interpreter is accused of two different counts of involuntary manslaughter. One described as serious, which accuses him of “total disregard or indifference for the safety of others.” The other is relating to his 'careless use of a firearm'. However, he can only be convicted of one.

The first charge is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a fine of thousands of dollars if convicted. This was highlighted by the AP news agency.

The weapons supervisor was convicted

It should be remembered that Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the weapons supervisor on the set, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for Hutchins' death. Gutiérrez-Redd was sentenced to 18 months in prison. She has appealed the conviction.

In October 2021, Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a cross-fire maneuver with his revolver when the gun discharged, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

Baldwin has pleaded not guilty and claims the gun was accidentally discharged after he followed instructions to point it at Hutchins, who was behind the camera. Not realizing that the gun contained a live bullet, Baldwin said he retracted the gun's hammer, but did not pull the trigger, and the gun went off.

However, a forensic report commissioned by the Prosecutor's Office, headed by Kari Morrissey, determined that the actor must have pulled the trigger for the gun to discharge.

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