Baldwin trial latest: Defense argues ‘no crime committed’ in tragic movie set shooting involving prop gun

Sante Fe, New Mexico – Opening statements are set to begin today in the highly anticipated trial of actor Alec Baldwin following a tragic shooting incident on the set of the film “Rust” nearly three years ago. The fatal rehearsal mishap led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and the injury of director Joel Souza. Baldwin, 66, faces a single felony charge of involuntary manslaughter as he maintains his innocence, asserting that the gun went off accidentally as he did not pull the trigger.

A jury of 12 individuals has been selected to deliberate Baldwin’s fate in this high-profile case which has captured widespread attention. The trial follows the recent conviction of the movie’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Baldwin arrived at the courthouse accompanied by his wife Hilaria and brother Stephen, setting the stage for what is expected to be a closely watched legal proceeding.

Prosecutors are expected to present evidence suggesting that Baldwin failed to adhere to basic industry standards for firearm safety during the rehearsal, emphasizing his responsibility in handling the weapon that resulted in the tragic outcome. Witnesses and expert testimony will shed light on the events leading up to the incident, scrutinizing Baldwin’s actions and decision-making on-set. The jury will weigh the arguments presented by both the defense and the prosecution to determine the actor’s culpability in the shooting.

As the trial unfolds, the spotlight remains on the film industry’s safety protocols and the role of individuals in ensuring a secure work environment. The ramifications of this case extend beyond Baldwin’s personal legal battles, raising broader questions about accountability in the entertainment industry and the need for stringent safety measures on movie sets. The outcome of this trial could set a significant precedent for future cases involving on-set accidents and the responsibilities of those involved.