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Court hearing set on Alec Baldwin’s motion to get charge dropped in ‘Rust’ shooting case

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A hearing on a motion to dismiss an indictment against “Rust” actor and co-producer Alec Baldwin is set to take place in New Mexico district court on Friday.

Baldwin faces an involuntary manslaughter charge for the shooting death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a movie set near Santa Fe in October 2021. Baldwin reportedly pointed a prop gun at Hutchins during a rehearsal when it went off, killing her and injuring director Joel Souza.

Baldwin’s attorneys filed the motion to dismiss the indictment against him, citing claims that the prosecution violated several rules. They claim the prosecution acted unethically and did not present crucial evidence to the grand jury.

In the prosecution’s response, they claimed that Baldwin lacked concern for safety on set, lost his temper, and rushed production. Prosecutors also claimed that Baldwin has done several interviews with the national media and OSHA, and believe his story has changed over time.

Baldwin pleaded not guilty to the charge and is set to go to trial in July. He was originally charged in the shooting last year, but charges were dropped.

“Rust” movie armorer Hannah Gutierrez was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in March for the death of Hutchins. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer sentenced Gutierrez to 18 months in prison in April. Gutierrez’s lawyers filed a notice of appeal in an attempt to overturn her conviction on Monday.

Friday’s hearing on the motion to dismiss the indictment against Baldwin will be conducted virtually before Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer. It will be live streamed at 10 a.m. on the New Mexico Courts YouTube channel here

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