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Alec Baldwin case: prosecutors await forensic analysis of the actor’s weapon

The investigation into the death of a film director shot by the actor alec baldwin on a film set is ongoing, so the New Mexico prosecutor overseeing the case says authorities await analysis of key forensic evidence before deciding whether to file criminal charges.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies reported Wednesday on social media that sor office has received only parts of the investigation from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

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Pending forensic analysis of the weapon, a review of cell phone data from Baldwin and more from the FBI and state medical examiners.

The selection process by prosecutors will begin once sheriff’s investigators receive the information and complete their supplemental reports. To speed up the process, Carmack-Altwies hired a special prosecutor: retired Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb of eastern New Mexico, who has more than two decades of experience.

To maintain transparency with the local and national community, the (District Attorney’s Office) will proactively disseminate information as it becomes available.Carmack-Altwies said.

A round of live ammunition killed the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza during a rehearsal on October 21, 2021. The filming of the western rust It took place on a ranch on the outskirts of the city of Santa Fe.


Alec Baldwin after an incident on the set of Rust. / Special

In the records published so far, the researchers described the complacency, disorganization and neglect of security measures in the making of low-budget film.

Videos released by investigators show an interrogation with Baldwin hours after the fatal shooting and clips from the rehearsal showing Baldwin in costume practicing a quick maneuver with a gun.

Baldwin has told investigators that when the gun went off, initially he did not know that Hutchins would die and was surprised to learn that he was holding a gun loaded with live ammunition. The actor, who was also a producer on the film, said the gun must have been empty for a rehearsal without filming.

In April, the New Mexico Office of Occupational Safety and Health issued a scathing report of safety flaws that violated standard industry protocols. It included testimonials that production managers took limited or no measures to address two previous flaws on setcomplaints from team members that were not addressed, and reports that weapons specialists were not allowed to make decisions about additional security training. Rust Movie Productions dispute the findings and the sanction.

Alex Baldwin.  (instagram)

Alex Baldwin. (instagram)

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