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Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting trial live: Fraught 911 call and bodycam footage played in court

Hollywood star Baldwin has been supported by his wife Hilaria and brother Stephen at the courthouse in Santa Fe

Andrea Cavallier
Thursday 11 July 2024 15:11
Video: Alec Baldwin seen on set of Rust after

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Alec Baldwin’s high-profile trial is now under way in a courthouse in Santa Fe – almost three years after cinematographer Halyna Hutchin was killed in a tragic shooting while filming Western movie Rust.

During a rehearsal of a shooting scene, a prop gun Baldwin was holding went off, striking and killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

Baldwin is charged with involuntary manslaughter and faces 18 months in prison.

On Wednesday, jurors heard opening statements with prosecutors saying that the Hollywood star skipped safety checks and recklessly handled a revolver prior to the fatal incident.

Baldwin “played make believe with a real gun and violated the cardinal rules of firearm safety,” special prosecutor Erlinda Ocampo Johnson said.

But defense attorney Alex Spiro said “these cardinal rules, they’re not cardinal rules on a movie set.”

As the first witnesses took the stand, prosecutors played the fraught 911 call in the aftermath of the shooting and graphic bodycam capturing the frantic efforts of first responders to save Hutchins. In the courtroom, Baldwin looked at the screen somberly as the video played.

Movie’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has already been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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Alec Baldwin trial spectators flood New Mexico town

Spectators crowded outside a Santa Fe courthouse this week for the start of Alec Baldwin’s high-profile trial.

While many were local, several others had driven from out of town to witness the spectacle.

Janelle Rogers, an Albuquerque resident who once appeared on “Better Call Saul,” held signs with a friend that read: “Justice for Halyna” on one side and “Safety on set! Is a must! No excuses!!” on the other side.

She criticized the film industry, saying, “There is no safety on set.”

“Safety is a must on set regardless of who you are or where you are,” Rogers told the New York Post.

“Halyna Hutchins shouldn’t have died.”

Jonathan Zwiebel, left, and his mother Janelle Rogers stand outside District Court demanding justice for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
Jonathan Zwiebel, left, and his mother Janelle Rogers stand outside District Court demanding justice for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (AP)

“I blame a lot of people for her death. It’s multiple people. Just because you’re an actor or not a producer, doesn’t mean you’re exempt,” Rogers said, adding that she believes his wife being at the trial is a publicity stunt promoting their new reality show.

A Rio Rancher resident drove an hour from her home to attend the trial. She had followed the trial of armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed — who was sentenced to 18 months behind bars after she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in March.

“I watched the Gutierrez case,” Jarrell said. “[I’m] super excited it was in my home state. [I] drove about an hour to be here.”

She is advocating for stricter gun safety laws and justice for Hutchins.

Andrea Cavallier11 July 2024 15:00
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Testimony resumes today in Alec Baldwin trial

Testimony resumes today in Alec Baldwin’s high-profile trial in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Court is expected to start at 10:30am ET.

On Wednesday, Attorney Gloria Allred sat in the front row of the courtroom audience, a reminder of Baldwin’s other legal difficulties.

Actor Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin leave District Court on Wednesday
Actor Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin leave District Court on Wednesday (AP)

Allred is representing “Rust” script supervisor Mamie Mitchell and Hutchins’ sister and parents in a civil lawsuit against Baldwin and other producers.

Allred said that from her observations in court, the jury appeared to be riveted by testimony and evidence including the police lapel camera video.

Attorney Gloria Allred holds a picture of Halyna Hutchins outside a District Court
Attorney Gloria Allred holds a picture of Halyna Hutchins outside a District Court (AP)

Andrea Cavallier11 July 2024 14:00
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RECAP: Baldwin failed to perform safety checks, state says

The prosecution told the jury during opening statements that Alec Baldwin routinely failed to do safety checks with the armorer on the set of “Rust.”

Special prosecutor Erlinda Ocampo Johnson said Baldwin was filmed during his required gun safety training “running around, shooting his gun.”

She also said he “didn’t want to offend” armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed by doing the safety checks that were required every time he was handed a gun.

“You will learn that one of the rounds in that revolver was a real round, and the evidence will show that Ms. Gutierrez then handed the gun to the defendant,” Johnson said.

“And what you will learn is that, once again, the defendant failed to do a gun safety check with this armorer.”

Andrea Cavallier11 July 2024 13:00
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Police bodycam shows Alec Baldwin moments after Rust shooting

Police bodycam shows Alec Baldwin moments after Rust shooting
Andrea Cavallier11 July 2024 12:00
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RECAP: Defense says ‘Alec Baldwin committed no crime’

Defense attorney Alex Spiro said in opening statements Wednesday that the shooting of Hutchins was an “unspeakable tragedy but Alec Baldwin committed no crime.”

“You have to step back and remember what they were doing on a movie set. Movies and magic have always been closely associated... all over this country for many decades,” he said.

Spiro shifted attention to how a live bullet ever made its way to the Rust  movie set, insisting there was no evidence that Baldwin had anything to do with the bullet going into the gun.

“He was an actor, acting, playing the role of Harlan Rust,” he said. “An actor, playing a character, can act in ways that are lethal that just aren’t lethal on a movie set. These cardinal rules, they’re not cardinal rules on a movie set.”

Andrea Cavallier11 July 2024 11:00
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What happened to movie weapons armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed?

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, a movie weapons armorer, received the maximum sentence of 18 months in jail for involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by Alec Baldwin on a Western movie set.

A New Mexico judge found that Gutierrez-Reed’s recklessness amounted to a serious violent offense, while noting few indications of genuine remorse from the defendant since her conviction in March.

Prosecutors blame Gutierrez-Reed for unwittingly bringing live ammunition onto the set of “Rust,” where it was expressly prohibited, and for failing to follow basic gun-safety protocols .

‘Rust’ Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter
Andrea Cavallier11 July 2024 09:00
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SEE IT: Alec Baldwin says he ‘never’ pulled trigger on prop gun that killed Halyna Hutchins

Alec Baldwin says he 'never' pulled trigger on prop gun that killed Halyna Hutchins
Andrea Cavallier11 July 2024 07:00
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Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria announce ‘The Baldwins’ reality show

Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria announce ‘The Baldwins’ reality show
Andrea Cavallier11 July 2024 05:00
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Who is on the jury in the Alec Baldwin trial?

Prosecutors and defense attorneys selected 16 jurors — 11 women and five men — on Tuesday, seating a jury from a region with strong currents of gun ownership and safety informed by backcountry hunting.

Four of the jurors will be deemed alternates while the other 12 deliberate once they get the case.

The shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, a 42-year-old rising star in her craft, nearly three years ago sent shock waves through the film industry and led to one felony charge against Baldwin that could result in up to 18 months in prison.

Baldwin attorney Alex Spiro probed prospective jurors on Tuesday for strong opinions about gun safety and asked whether a person must entirely take responsibility for whether a gun is loaded or may “rely on experts, does anybody have a problem with that?”

Most who answered said they always treat a gun as if it were loaded.

Andrea Cavallier11 July 2024 03:00
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ICYMI: What happened during opening arguments in Alec Baldwin’s trial

Special prosecutor Erlinda Ocampo Johnson said in her opening statement that before the shooting, Alec Baldwin skipped safety checks and recklessly handled a revolver.

“The evidence will show that someone who played make believe with a real gun and violated the cardinal rules of firearm safety is the defendant, Alexander Baldwin,”Johnson said.

But defense attorney Alex Spiro replied that “these cardinal rules, they’re not cardinal rules on a movie set.”

“On a movie set, safety has to occur before a gun is placed in an actor’s hand,” Spiro told the jury.

He said the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was an “unspeakable tragedy” but that “ Alec Baldwin committed no crime; he was an actor, acting.”

He said Baldwin did exactly what actors always do on the set of the film “Rust,” where Hutchins was killed in October, 2021.

“I don’t have to tell you any more about this, because you’ve all seen gunfights in movies,” Spiro said.

Andrea Cavallier11 July 2024 01:00

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