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Alec Baldwin in court at the Rust shooting trial on July 8, 2024.
Alec Baldwin listens to testimony during a pretrial hearing at the First Judicial District Courthouse on July 8, 2024. (Photo Credit: Ross D. Franklin – Pool/Getty Images)

Alec Baldwin is on trial for the accidental ‘Rust’ shooting death of Halyna Hutchins

In 2021, Alec Baldwin was holding a prop gun while filming Rust in New Mexico. The gun discharged, resulting in injury to director Joel Souza and the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection to her death. He has stated that he did not pull the trigger or know that the gun contained live ammo.

If he receives a conviction, he faces up to 18 months in prison.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed in April of 2024 in court.
Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed looks back at her family members at her sentencing at district court on April 15, 2024. (Photo Credit: Luis Sánchez Saturno-Pool/Getty Images)

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed worked as the armorer on Rust, and was thus in charge of all of the prop weapons on set. Her defense argued that she became a scapegoat for issues beyond her control.

In March, she received a conviction for involuntary manslaughter over Hutchins’ tragic death. She is serving an 18-month sentence while appealing.

The judge has denied her immunity to testify, meaning that she will be unable to answer certain questions as a witness at Baldwin’s trial without potentially incriminating herself. And, of course, that the court cannot compel her to answer certain questions (thank you, Fifth Amendment).

For the trial, Alec Baldwin hired two high-powered lawyers

Alec Baldwin has a high-priced lawyer. More than one, actually. And looks like he’s going to need them.

Despite some previous good news for him, Alec Baldwin is not yet in the clear in the Rust shooting case.

Baldwin’s shooting trial is underway, beginning with voir dire before (optimistically) Wednesday’s opening statements.

Meanwhile, the embattled actor may be paying a tremendous amount for his defense.

Alec Baldwin listens to testimony during a pretrial hearing at the First Judicial District Courthouse on July 8, 2024. (Photo Credit: Ross D. Franklin – Pool/Getty Images)

Alec Baldwin is on trial for the accidental ‘Rust’ shooting death of Halyna Hutchins

In 2021, Alec Baldwin was holding a prop gun while filming Rust in New Mexico. The gun discharged, resulting in injury to director Joel Souza and the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Baldwin has pleaded not guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection to her death. He has stated that he did not pull the trigger or know that the gun contained live ammo.

If he receives a conviction, he faces up to 18 months in prison.

Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed looks back at her family members at her sentencing at district court on April 15, 2024. (Photo Credit: Luis Sánchez Saturno-Pool/Getty Images)

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed worked as the armorer on Rust, and was thus in charge of all of the prop weapons on set. Her defense argued that she became a scapegoat for issues beyond her control.

In March, she received a conviction for involuntary manslaughter over Hutchins’ tragic death. She is serving an 18-month sentence while appealing.

The judge has denied her immunity to testify, meaning that she will be unable to answer certain questions as a witness at Baldwin’s trial without potentially incriminating herself. And, of course, that the court cannot compel her to answer certain questions (thank you, Fifth Amendment).

For the trial, Alec Baldwin hired two high-powered lawyers

Alec Baldwin learned of Hutchins’ death during a police interrogation … after what appears to have been an extensive “conversation.” Withholding information to get someone talking on the record is not an uncommon tactic.

Baldwin could have used a lawyer with him at the time to keep this tactic from being effective.

For the trial, he’s not making the same mistake. He has hired two prominent attorneys: Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro.

Lawyer Alex Spiro, Alec Baldwin, and lawyers Luke Nikas and Heather LeBlanc participate in a pretrial hearing at the First Judicial District Courthouse on July 8, 2024. (Photo Credit: Ross D. Franklin – Pool/Getty Images)

Luke Nikas is one of Alec Baldwin’s lawyers

Nikas is a Harvard Law School graduate and a partner in one of the world’s largest law firms.

When authorities first announced the charges against Alec Baldwin, Nikas declared that this was a miscarraige of justice.

Nikas’ legal history includes defending former gallery director Ann Freedman in an infamous art forgery case in New York.

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Source:: The Hollywood Gossip

      

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