An attorney for Alec Baldwin named Alex Spiro stated on Thursday in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico that Baldwin’s team had demanded to view the pistol that was used to kill Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Spiro is representing Alec Baldwin in this case. But, the government does not accept Spiro’s assertion that they were successful in destroying the gun.
Spiro stated, “I don’t think the court knows yet that the state destroyed the gun in this instance, but I think I should notify the court.” This was mentioned during the virtual session. Thus, we need to take a closer look at the firearm.
According to the district attorney for the First Judicial District, Mary Carmack-Altwies, the firearm in question is still in circulation. This information was provided to ET.
The state has not destroyed the gun that Alec Baldwin used to shoot and murder Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin was the one who shot and killed Hutchins. As a piece of evidence that may be utilized in court, this firearm has been handed over to the defense team so that it can be used. Taking into consideration what Ms. Carmack-Altwies has stated. It came as a surprise to the defense team when they found out that the state had destroyed the gun during today’s status hearing. This may be a reference to a section of the FBI’s weapons test report from July 2022, in which it was said that the organization had destroyed the gun’s internals while attempting to find out how it operated. The weapon has not been destroyed and might be produced as evidence in court.
A waiver was granted to Baldwin by Spiro during a meeting in which Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez and lawyers from Reed’s were also present. As a result, Baldwin is exempt from having to attend any further status conferences.
In October 2021, Baldwin was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter for his alleged participation in a shooting that occurred on the set of Rust and resulted in the death of another person. Much like Baldwin, Gutierrez-Reed was wrongfully accused of killing someone and charged with manslaughter.
In the state of New Mexico, the maximum penalty for the crime of unintentional manslaughter is a sentence of 18 months in prison and a fine of $5,000. This is because it is a crime of the fourth degree.
Baldwin has maintained for a significant amount of time that he was not the one who pulled the trigger on the rehearsal pistol that resulted in the death of Hutchins and the injury of Joel Souza. Baldwin refuted Cuomo’s contention that the pistol may have discharged even if the trigger hadn’t been pushed in an interview that was broadcast in August via podcast.
What do you make of this one: “You are familiar with the term “fanning” about a firearm, right? What level of familiarity do you have with the idiom “fan the gun”? That was his instruction to her to carry out that action. “In many old-school Western films, there is a scene when someone is fanning the hammer of the gun. Since you moved the safety catch back far enough, the hammer did not lock, and the gun discharged the cartridge even though you did not click the trigger or lock the hammer “according to one author…
The weapon that was used in the shooting was an F.lli Pietta single-action revolver chambered in.45 colt caliber. The accidental discharge tests conducted by the FBI revealed, as stated in the forensic report, that the pistol was incapable of firing without the trigger being pushed first.
Even with the hammer in the quarter-cock and half-cock positions, ET discovered that the gun “could not be forced to fire without pushing the trigger.” This was the case regardless of where the hammer was placed. Also, it was stated that the pistol “could not be made to fire without pushing the trigger while all of the mechanical elements within were in place and functioning.” The research indicates that this particular type of revolver is typically utilized with the hammer slammed straight to fire a primer even when the trigger is not being pushed.
After the release of the forensic report, one of Baldwin’s attorneys, Luke Nikas, told ET that “the most significant report is the one from the medical examiner, who determined that this was a tragic accident.” The medical examiner concluded that Baldwin’s death was the result of a horrific accident.
To begin, the individual in charge of safety on set remarked to Alec Baldwin that the pistol was “cool.” “Consequently, he believed it to be risk-free. This is the third time that the authorities in New Mexico have concluded that Baldwin did not have any control over or awareness of the allegedly dangerous events that occurred on set. There are a lot of folks who are confused by what the FBI report says. The gun was only discharged once (without the trigger being pressed), yet it cracked in two different places when the hammer was drawn back and it was fired. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has just discovered that the handgun is in such poor condition that they have never been able to fire it in the past, not even by touching the trigger.