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20th Jan 2023

Halyna Hutchins’ family support involuntary manslaughter charges against Alec Baldwin

“It is a comfort to the family that, in New Mexico, no one is above the law.”

The family of Halyna Hutchins, who was shot dead on the set of Rust in 2021, has said that “no one is above the law”, after criminal charges were brought against Alec Baldwin and the film’s armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

Halyna passed away after after a live round was discharged from a revolver, which was being used as a prop by Baldwin. The film’s director Joel Souza was injured in the incident as well.

Yesterday, it emerged that Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed had both been charged with two counts each of involuntary manslaughter.

New Mexico District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said the decision was in keeping with “her commitment to pursue justice for all victims”.

The statement said the terms “include a suspended sentence and six months of probation”.

These charges have been welcomed by Hutchins’ family.

A statement on behalf of Brian J. Panish said: “We want to thank the Santa Fe Sheriff and the District Attorney for concluding their thorough investigation and determining that charges for involuntary manslaughter are warranted for the killing of Halyna Hutchins with conscious disregard for human life.

“Our independent investigation also supports charges are warranted. It is a comfort to the family that, in New Mexico, no one is above the law.

“We support the charges, will fully cooperate with this prosecution and fervently hope the justice system works to protect the public and hold accountable those who break the law.”