Alec Baldwin Enters Not Guilty Plea

( – Alec Baldwin is finally being tried for his role in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins whom he shot and killed during filming for the western film “Rust” in which he stars. The movie resumed filming on April 20th, 2023, and is expected to be released at some point.

Baldwin was rehearsing for a scene when he aimed the single-action .45 caliber Colt revolver at the camera. Baldwin claims the gun “went off” but a single-action revolver is incapable of firing without someone pulling the trigger. The gun has to be cocked manually, whereas a double-action revolver will cock the weapon and fire it in stages with varying degrees of pressure on the trigger.

Baldwin had previously been charged and then the charges were dropped in April last year. Now prosecutors say new evidence has come to their attention which warranted charging Baldwin again.

Baldwin entered a plea of not guilty on Wednesday, January 31st. He was charged on January 19th when local prosecutors claimed forensic testing on the gun Baldwin used yielded “additional facts.” Baldwin also wounded director Joel Souza with the shot, which hit him after blasting through Hutchins.

Baldwin has expressed sympathy and said that he never pulled the trigger. He further maintains his innocence due to the fact that no live rounds should have been in the weapon.

Curiously the weapon was broken during FBI testing, but forensic experts were able to reconstruct it in October. The results of that testing suggested that the gun could only have been fired by Baldwin pulling the trigger.

Baldwin reported difficulties in finding work in Hollywood after the incident. Prosecutors previously dropped involuntary manslaughter charges against the actor, but said at the time more charges could be filed later as their investigations proceed.

Baldwin is facing two different charges of manslaughter, and a New Mexico jury will only be able to convict him on one of the two. Legal analysis suggests guilt will be hard to prove, but given the death and injury involved in the case, prosecutors felt it was necessary to proceed with charges.

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