Alec Baldwin Gets Bad News from Santa Fe Sheriff: Nobody Is ‘Off the Hook When it Comes to Criminal Charges’

Hollywood star Alec Baldwin got some bad news from Santa Fe County Sheriff today on NBC’s Today show.  Sheriff Adan Mendoza was reacting to a new video released by authorities that show Alec rehearsing before the fatal shooting.

Alec Baldwin is “not off the hook” from criminal charges the sheriff said today. This comes after nearly six months of investigations into the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the movie Rust.

Mendoza said: “It’s too early to rule anything out right now. I don’t think anybody’s off the hook when it comes to criminal charges. I’ve said this before: I think there was complacency on the set.

“There was disorganization and a degree of negligence — whether that rises to a criminal level, that will be up to the district attorney,” he said.

“Whether he’s responsible or not, will be up to the district attorney’s office,” Mendoza insisted.

The sheriff then confirmed there was still a possibility of criminal charges against Baldwin, 66.

Mendoza stressed that investigators and prosecutors were still going through a “tremendous amount of information” and they are not done yet.

He said:

“The investigative case right now is 200 plus pages, so there is a lot of information.

“We’re still waiting on the forensics from the FBI Crime Lab, along with the final report from the office of the medical investigator, and there’s a few things that we have to shore up with the investigation.

“Right now, no one’s come forward and admitted it to bringing the live rounds onto the movie set.

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“There was information from text messages that was concerning based on the fact that live ammo was spoken about and was possibly used on a prior movie set.

“That was just a few months before the rust movie set and production began, so that is concerning,” he said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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