Alec Baldwin Doomed as Prosecutors Release Witness List for Hollywood Star’s Trial

Alec Baldwin appears doomed after prosecutors released the witness list for his trial, showing a long list of people ready to testify against the embattled Hollywood star.

The Santa Fe District Attorney is calling several members of the “Rust” crew to testify at Baldwin’s upcoming trial.

Baldwin is facing two counts of involuntary manslaughter and up to five years in prison if he is found guilty by the jury.

Prosecutors accuse Baldwin of acting recklessly by pulling the trigger of the gun that fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

He is also accused of failing in his role as producer to ensure safety on the set.

The criminal charges against Baldwin say he, “by act or omission or failure to act in his position as a producer, directly contributed and/or failed to mitigate numerous reckless and dangerous actions during a very short time period.”

“In this circumstance, it is common practice for any actor handling or firing a weapon to check for safety.

“The armorer’s role is to provide that proper safe handling and management in order for them to do so. Reed not only failed in this regard but was not even present.

“This ultimately was exaggerated by the weapon being used by Baldwin in an unsafe manner in close proximately to cast and crew ultimately pointing the weapon, in violation of the most cross-industry established safety rule, at Halyna and firing.

“All these actions knowingly without an armorer present against industry safety standards, practice, and Union regulations.”

Complicating Baldwin’s defense is the fact he was not just an actor on the movie set but a producer as well.

New Mexico state law says:

“It is the responsibility of the employer to provide a New Mexico certified trainer or technician accredited in a United States department of labor occupational safety and health administered-certified safety program at the place of employment at all times when a child performer may be exposed to potentially hazardous conditions.

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“Hazardous conditions are special effects, which potentially could be physically dangerous to the child performer.”

According to Deadline, the witness list includes director Joel Souza, who was wounded on set in New Mexico by the bullet that killed Hutchins and whose name is misspelled on the recently filed document.

Aldo called to the witness stand are script supervisor Maime Mitchell, armorer mentor Seth Kenney, and prop master Sarah Zachry.

They are among the 44 individuals listed on Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies’ witness list for the upcoming February 24 preliminary hearing

With Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed likely to appear virtually, the session before Judge Mary Marlowe Summer will see prosecutors lay out some of their January 31-filed case in an effort to move ahead to a trial.

Along with a fair number of detectives and investigators involved in the Santa Fe Sheriff’s office’s year-long probe into the shooting at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, the D.A.’s witness list also includes FBI forensics examiners and members of the Bureau’s Explosives Unit.

Noticeably, for a production that experienced labor disruptions as well as other incidents of guns going off on set, the witness list also has the likes of former Rust camera assistant Lane Luper, who quit the film along with most of the camera department over pay and safety issues mere hours before the fatal shooting.

Outspoken “Rust” gaffer Serge Svetnoy is also on the list.

READ MORE: Hollywood Star Turns on Alec Baldwin: ‘This Is What Happens When You Cut Corners’

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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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