‘Rust’: Santa Fe DA Granted Funds For Four Possible Prosecutions Over Fatal Shooting

Last year’s fatal shooting could soon lead to charges War Cinematographer Helena Hutchins.

The Santa Fe First Judicial District Attorney’s office has been given $317,750 for the possible prosecution of four individuals linked to the case, Deadline has confirmed.

The exact identity of the quartet was not named in the August 30 letter DA Marie Carmack-Altweiss sent to the Finance Board of New Mexico, originally requesting $635,500 in additional funding. However, the DA stated that “one of the potential defendants is a well-known film actor”. alec baldwin,

Read the letter in full here.

The deadline for a response has reached Baldwin’s reps and attorneys and will update the story if we should hear back.

A representative for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office told Deadline that “no final reports have been given” to police from the DA’s office. Apart from sharing a copy of Carmack-Altweis’s letter, the DA did not comment further on the pending prosecution.

Noting in his letter that any possible case “may require four separate jury trials,” The DA also told a session of the Finance Board last week that “In each of those charges, we’ll probably include some variation of our murder statute.”

Carmack-Altwies’ funding needs will go to cover an attorney, an investigator, media liaisons, paralegals, expert witnesses and general trial expenses.

Hutchins was shot with a gun War Star/Producer Baldwin on the set of an indie western on October 21, 2021. Although several civil lawsuits have been filed, including wrongful death proceedings by Hutchins’ widower, no arrests or criminal charges have been filed.

At the center of many of those civil cases, Baldwin has long denied that he pulled the trigger on the gun that killed Hutchins.

“I didn’t pull the trigger,” he told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos back in December. the Aviator Actor reiterates Chris Cuomo’s defense on his podcast Chris Cuomo Project back in August, and questioned who put the live round in the gun; Being told by Baldwin War Assistant Director Dave Hall said the weapon was a “cold gun”.

In April, Luke Nikes, an attorney for the Oscar nominee, reported in the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau. War “Baldwin by clarifying that he believed the gun only contained dummy rounds and that his authority over the production was limited to script changes and approving creative casting. ,

on 18 August, War Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reid reprimanded the sheriff’s office for not pursuing the question “where did the live rounds end War come from set? As can be seen from the attached email, the sheriff’s office made a conscious decision not to pursue this question by refusing to ask the FBI to conduct any rounds of testing for fingerprints or DNA. Now we know for sure that there used to be live rounds on the sets.”

On September 16, Los Angeles Superior Judge Michael E. Whitaker took off an assault and battery suit, which was brought by War Script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, saying, “While [Rust script supervisor Mamie] Mitchell’s allegation that the manufacturers assisted Baldwin by supplying the loaded weapon, Mitchell’s allegation failed to establish that the manufacturers knew that Baldwin would aim and fire the loaded weapon … as if they were due to his intentional conduct. be jointly responsible for

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office is investigating what happened and how a live round was found in the gun.

Santa Fe New Mexican First Reported on Carmack-Altweis’s Letter and Approved Funding Pending War Prosecution side.