Baldwin ‘wants his day in court’ as hearing date set

Alec Baldwin has said he is not responsible for Halyna Hutchins' death.

Alec Baldwin has said he is not responsible for Halyna Hutchins' death. Photo: TND

Lawyers for Alec Baldwin say the Hollywood actor “wants his day in court” as a date for the preliminary investigation hearing in his involuntary manslaughter case is set.

At a virtual hearing on Thursday, which Baldwin did not attend, a New Mexico court heard the firearm that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins had since been destroyed by the state.

Baldwin previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter over the fatal shooting of Ms Hutchins on the Rust movie set in October 2021.

On Thursday his attorney Alex Spiro said the alleged destruction of the firearm was “obviously an issue” as the defence team needed to examine it, “or what’s left of it”.

“Mr Baldwin wants his day in court,” he said.

A representative for the Santa De District Attorney’s office later refuted the claim that the weapon had been destroyed, saying it was “in evidence and is available for the defence to review”.

“The defence’s unexpected statement in the status hearing today that the gun had been destroyed by the state may be a reference to a statement in the FBI’s July 2022 firearms testing report that said damage was done to internal components of the gun during the FBI’s functionality testing,” the representative said.

“However, the gun still exists and can be used as evidence.”

At Thursday’s hearing, Mr Spiro also noted prosecutors currently had a 46-strong list of witnesses and requested the list be provided to the defence as soon as possible.

Judge Mary Marlow Sommer set a deadline of April 17 for the state to supply Baldwin’s counsel with the list.

She also set a preliminary investigation hearing, scheduled to last two weeks, for May 3.

During this time it will be decided whether or not there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

Prior to this, another hearing will be held on March 27 to review a motion, filed by Baldwin’s lawyers last month, about the disqualification of special prosecutor Andrea Reeb.

The actor’s representatives previously argued that Ms Reeb’s involvement in the case was “unconstitutional” due to her elected position in the New Mexico House of Representatives.


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