Alec Baldwin Set To Stand Trial In July For Involuntary Manslaughter

 May 26, 2024

Alec Baldwin's day in court is scheduled for July as a New Mexico judge denies his motion to dismiss the involuntary manslaughter charge.

According to Daily Mail, the actor faces a maximum of 18 months in prison following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of "Rust."

The tragedy occurred in October 2021 when Hutchins was fatally injured on the set, casting a long shadow over the film industry's on-set safety protocols. Just last month, "Rust" armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was also sentenced to 18 months in prison. During the proceedings earlier this month on May 17, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer listened to arguments from both Baldwin's defense team and the prosecutors.

Details Unfold In Pre-trial Proceedings

During the legal discussions, Judge Sommer expressed that while some questions by the State were deferred, the grand jury was diligent, asking substantive questions that were thoroughly addressed by witnesses.

A pivotal claim was put forward by one of the prosecutors, Kari Morrissey, stressing Baldwin's responsibility for the firearm once it was in his hands. Nevertheless, defense attorneys, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro challenged this claim, arguing that essential evidence was withheld during the initial grand jury proceedings.

In light of the legal strategies unfolding, Baldwin’s legal team remains optimistic. In their statement, they said, “We look forward to our day in court.”

The complexities of the case are further deepened by prior claims from Baldwin’s side that he neither pulled the trigger of the gun nor was it his duty to verify the firearm’s safety. This allegation directly contradicts the findings from the FBI, which indicated that the revolver could fire without the trigger being pulled when fully loaded.

Impact of the Case on the Film "Rust"

The ripple effects of this incident have traversed beyond the courtrooms. "Rust" resumed production in a new location in Montana with Matthew Hutchins, the widower of Halyna Hutchins, involved as an executive producer. This tragedy and ongoing trial have ignited concerns and debates over safety measures on film sets.

Adding to the tension, a film expert remarked that the sentencing of Gutierrez-Reed might spell trouble for Baldwin as his trial date nears. These circumstances followed the withdrawal of a previous plea deal by prosecutors, which could have allowed Baldwin to avoid prison time. Instead, they opted for a more stringent approach by indicting him.

Last year’s changes in plea deals and the sequence of legal motions depict a case fraught with contention and claims of prosecutorial misconduct. Baldwin’s attorneys have accused the prosecutors of leaking grand jury information and bias in the jury selection process. These allegations are seen as potential strategies to sway public and judicial perception before the trial officially commences.


This trial does not stand alone in Baldwin’s legal battles. In 2022, he settled a civil lawsuit with Matthew Hutchins. Despite the settlement, the criminal proceedings press on, highlighting inherent issues within industry safety standards and responsibility delineations.

The case has also been a focal point for broader discussions about actors' responsibilities and the safety protocols on film sets, particularly concerning firearms. This tragic incident has marked a pivotal moment for on-set safety protocols and the personal responsibilities of those involved in filmmaking.

Alec Baldwin will face trial in July, based on Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer's recent rulings. The case compels a deeper examination of safety practices in the entertainment industry and the responsibilities of individuals in high-stakes environments.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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