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    Alec Baldwin is scheduled to face trial this summer over a charge related to the fatal incident on the set of the movie “Rust.”

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    In Santa Fe, New Mexico, a trial date has been set for Alec Baldwin regarding an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from the tragic 2021 shooting on the set of the Western movie “Rust.” The scheduling order, issued on Monday, outlines that jury selection will commence on July 9, with the trial officially beginning the following day. During the trial, opening statements will be delivered by special prosecutors and Baldwin’s defense attorneys, and the proceedings are anticipated to span eight days.

    Baldwin, who served as the lead actor and co-producer of the film, entered a plea of not guilty in January, just ahead of his scheduled arraignment. This plea followed his indictment by a grand jury, prompted by a new analysis of the revolver he was handling during filming. Notably, prosecutors had initially filed and later dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charge in April 2023.

    The tragic incident occurred when Baldwin was rehearsing a scene on the set outside Santa Fe, pointing the gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Regrettably, the firearm discharged, resulting in Hutchins’ death and causing injuries to director Joel Souza. Baldwin has maintained that he had only pulled back the hammer, not the trigger, before the gun fired. However, subsequent analysis revealed that the trigger had to be pulled or depressed sufficiently to release the fully cocked or retracted hammer of the evidence revolver.

    In addition to Baldwin’s trial, the revolver in question is also central to the ongoing trial of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the weapons supervisor, who faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. The proceedings in Gutierrez-Reed’s case resumed in Santa Fe on Monday, featuring testimony from an FBI firearms expert.

    Source: msn.com

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