Alec Baldwin Trial: Jurors in Shock as Major Star Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Alec Baldwin’s trial for the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is set to commence with the selection of jurors who will determine if the actor is guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Being selected as a juror for a trial involving a well-known star accused of such a serious crime is rare, even in Los Angeles or New York. However, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the trial will take place, this experience is unprecedented despite the state’s increasing role as a hub for Hollywood production in recent years.

Baldwin, 66, faces up to 18 months in prison if found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for accidentally firing a revolver on the set of the film “Rust,” resulting in Hutchins’ death and director Joel Souza’s injury during a rehearsal in October 2021. Baldwin claims the gun discharged accidentally following instructions to point it at Hutchins, unknowingly containing a live round.

During a pretrial hearing, Judge Mary Marlowe Summer ruled that Baldwin’s role as a co-producer on “Rust” is not relevant to the trial, a significant win for the defense. The trial is expected to unfold quickly, with jury selection taking place within a day and opening statements following the next day.

Both the special prosecutor, Kari Morrissey, and Baldwin’s defense team expressed skepticism regarding the timeline proposed for jury selection, hinting at potential challenges. Additional challenges may emerge as dozens of prospective jurors are questioned, and the trial proceeds with the eventual selection of alternates.

Despite early setbacks, including the exclusion of certain evidence, the prosecution secured victories in arguing for the presentation of graphic footage during the trial. Overall, as Baldwin’s trial unfolds, anticipation builds around the unique circumstances and legal arguments that will shape the case’s outcome.

As the trial evolves in Santa Fe, New Mexico, observers await the unfolding of a high-profile case that has captured national attention and scrutinized the responsibilities of those involved in film production.