Alec Baldwin pleads not guilty to new manslaughter charges stemming from 'Rust' shooting

 February 3, 2024

Actor Alec Baldwin has pled not guilty for the second time to involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the fatal "Rust" shooting on Wednesday.

Baldwin has been fighting a massive legal battle since he accidentally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of "Rust" in 2021.

Baldwin waived his right to an arraignment for these latest charges and filed a not guilty plea but some suspect that the writing is on the wall for the super star actor.

Baldwin has so far escaped any consequences for the accidental killing, which has been a problem for many Americans who believe that his superstar status is affording him legal protections that no regular American in his situation would have.

Baldwin's first involuntary manslaughter charge was dropped by the local district attorney but this new charge is the result of a grand jury.

Finally facing justice

With these latest charges, a final reckoning on this year's long saga may finally be coming.

The initial charges were dropped after the local district attorney dropped the ball and the case fell apart. The charges put together by the grand jury are seemingly much stronger and the previous issues that plagued the case are presumably worked out.

The shooting occurred when Baldwin drew a revolver and pointed it toward the camera. He was reportedly practicing for filming and the pistol was supposed to be loaded with dummy rounds.

Unfortunately, the weapon had live rounds in it and Baldwin fired the weapon striking Hutchins and director Joel Souza.

While Souza was only injured, Hutchins was killed by the shot from Baldwin. Baldwin told investigators in 2021 that, "Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property. I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me."

Baldwin seemingly pointed the finger at the film's armorer, Hanna Gutierrez-Reed, who plead not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Future of the trial

With Baldwin's not guilty plea, the trial will move forward but an exact date hasn't been set yet.

Involuntary manslaughter is a fourth-degree felony and carries a sentence of up to 18 months in prison. Considering it has been the better part of three years since the deadly shooting, Baldwin would have been out of prison long ago had this case been settled quickly.

Baldwin may not have meant to kill when he drew that pistol, but nonetheless he pulled the trigger and someone lost their life.

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