Alec Baldwin Will Stand Trial – Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss Manslaughter Case

by J Pelkey
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On Friday, a judge rejected Alec Baldwin’s request to dismiss the manslaughter case.

Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter by a grand jury in January for the fatal shooting on the set of ‘Rust.’

In October 2021, Baldwin shot and killed 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and injured 48-year-old Joel Souza on the movie set of “Rust” in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Halyna Hutchins
Director Joel Souza

The trial is scheduled for July.

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If found guilty, Baldwin could face up to 18 months in prison.

NBC News reported:

Alec Baldwin is set to stand trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 killing of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after a New Mexico judge denied the actor’s bid to dismiss the case Friday.

Baldwin, who has pleaded not guilty, is set to go to trial in July.

“We look forward to our day in court,” Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, attorneys for Alec Baldwin, said in a statement Friday.

Judge Mary Marlowe’s decision comes after she heard oral arguments from Baldwin lawyers and prosecutors in a Santa Fe court on May 17.

During that hearing, special prosecutor Kari T. Morrissey said, referring to Baldwin, that “the actor has responsibility for the firearms once it is in their hands.”

But Baldwin’s attorneys argued that the case should be tossed because Morrissey failed to present critical evidence during a grand jury proceeding in January that resulted in Baldwin’s indictment on the manslaughter charge.

The charge of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum prison sentence of 18 months upon conviction.

Hutchins was killed Oct. 21, 2021, as Baldwin rehearsed a scene on the “Rust” set.

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