Start Date, Charges, & Updates

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By Margaretd. Regina

The trial of Alec Baldwin on involuntary manslaughter in the accidental shooting on the set of “Rust” is happening.

After a slew rollercoaster changes and abrupt starts and stops, the 30 Rock star will in fact face a jury and possible jail time for the death of Halyna Hutchins.

And now that Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has been sent to jail for her role in the accident, many are wondering if the same will happen to Alec.

Alec Baldwin at NYC Tribecca film festival
Baldwin at the Tribeca Film Festival ( (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival))

Starting in July 2024, the world will follow along as both sides present the case against the star and producer of the western film that turned fatal for one young mother.

Here’s everything we know going in.

Alec Baldwin Shooting Trial: Jury Selection Starts In July

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on on July 9. If all goes well, that will mean testimony will begin July 10.

From there, the trial is scheduled to last eight days, concluding on July 19.

Interestingly enough, Alec’s lawyers had requested that the trial start a month early. His lead attorney, Alex Spiro, petitioned for a June 13th.

“Mr. Baldwin has been dealing with this for several years,” Spiro said at the hearing to decide the trial start. “We’re asking for a speedy trial.”

Prosecutor Kari Morrissey was the hold up, as she told the court that she would be unavailable until July.

Strike one for team Baldwin.

Alec Baldwin speaks onstage at the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala at New York Hilton on December 06, 2022 in New York City. ((Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala))

The Charges Against Alec Baldwin

Baldwin was initially charged in the case in January 2023.

However, the charges were dropped three months later. His defense team insisted there was evidence that suggested the Colt .45 he was holding in the scene was not functioning properly.

The young cinematographer was preparing to film a scene with Baldwin at a ranch near Santa Fe, N.M., in October 2021 when the gun went off.

New Mexico prosecutors initially dropped the criminal case against Alec last summer to review new evidence.

They concluded after their investigation that there was enough evidence to reinstate the charges.

“[Alec Baldwin] did cause the death of Halyna Hutchins by an act committed with the total disregard of indifference for the safety of others,” the indictment read in part when filed in January 2024.

Alec Baldwin of ‘Beast Beast’ attends the Pizza Hut x Legion M Lounge during Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2020 in Park City, Utah. ((Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Pizza Hut))

“Rust” Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed Given Max Prison Sentence

“Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in March 2024 for her role in the accidental shooting death of Halyna Hutchins.

On April 15, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison, the maximum possible sentence for the crime.

Gutierrez-Reed, 26, cried as the New Mexico District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer read out her sentencing and refuse to entertain her legal teams requests for accommodations.

“A conditional discharge is not appropriate,” the judge deemed. “The second option — leaving you in the detention center — is giving you a pass you do not deserve … you alone turned a safe weapon into a lethal weapon. But for you, a husband would have his wife and a little boy would have his mother.”

Is Alec Baldwin Going To Prison?

Alec has insisted that he did not pull the trigger, but if found guilty, he faces going to prison for up to 18 months.

According to his defense team, prosecutors are attempting to hold him responsible as a producer for lapses that led to an unsafe set.

“There is a theory that by being the creative producer, he also has criminal liability,” his lawyer said. “We don’t think that will withstand scrutiny.”

There’s a lot weighing on the star these days. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images))

The Death of Halyna Hutchins

Alec is accused of firing a live bullet from a Colt .45 revolver while rehearsing for a scene on Oct. 21, 2021.

Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer, was killed, when the gun fired. The director, Joel Souza, was also wounded.

In his testimonies and interviews since the incident, Alec has repeatedly denied pulling the trigger. He maintains that he was told the gun was “cold” before he was given the weapon.

But Alec is not the only person being tried for Halyna’s death.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the film’s armorer, is also facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, as well as evidence tampering.

We’ll keep you updated as new information becomes available.

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