A New Mexico grand jury has indicted actor Alec Baldwin, based on charges linked to the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” in 2021, according to recent court documents. Baldwin faces two involuntary manslaughter charges.
Court documents describe the first charge of involuntary manslaughter against Baldwin as “negligent use of a firearm.”
The second charge is defined as involuntary manslaughter committed without due caution or circumspection, characterized by “an act committed with the total disregard or indifference to the safety of others.”
Each charge is classified as a fourth degree felony. Baldwin’s legal representatives, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, stated on Friday, “We look forward to our day in court.” Baldwin’s lawyer has consistently maintained that Baldwin is not guilty.
Previously, the involuntary manslaughter charges against Baldwin were dismissed. Prosecutors stated at that time they were unable to proceed due to “new facts” and limitations in the evidence provided by law enforcement.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins lost her life, and director Joel Souza was injured when Baldwin discharged a live round from a gun during a rehearsal on the set of the western film. Baldwin denied intentionally firing the weapon.
The initial decision to dismiss Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter charge last April was influenced by information that the gun might have been modified. Prosecutors noted the potential to re-file the case later.
In October, prosecutors cited “additional facts” that indicated Baldwin’s criminal responsibility in Hutchins’ death, leading to the possibility of a grand jury re-indictment.
Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed is also facing involuntary manslaughter charges in this case. She has entered a not guilty plea and is scheduled for trial in February.
David Halls, the film’s assistant director who handed Baldwin the gun, signed a plea deal in 2023 for “negligent use of a deadly weapon,” which includes a six-month probation term, according to prosecutors.
Responding to the recent developments, attorney Gloria Allred, representing Hutchins’ family in a civil suit against Baldwin, stated they are seeking truth and accountability in both the civil and criminal cases.
The indictment against Baldwin includes two charges, but he may only be convicted of one. If found guilty, Baldwin could be sentenced to up to 18 months in prison and fined $5,000.