Kate Mangels recently spoke to Fox News and People Magazine about new involuntary manslaughter charges filed against Alec Baldwin for his involvement in the “Rust” shooting. In 2021, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot by a prop gun Baldwin was allegedly holding on the set of “Rust.” At that time, Baldwin was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, charges which were later dropped.
This latest indictment is believed to be a result of new testing of the weapon, along with the release of a previously unseen on-set video where more details about Baldwin’s awareness of the weapon and the set’s level of safety are revealed.
“Baldwin’s attorneys can argue that a test on a reconstructed gun with new parts cannot be proof of what occurred with the original gun,” Kate shares with Fox. She continues, “They can also point to any inconsistencies between the two tests. In addition, evidence that Baldwin pulled the trigger is not dispositive of his guilt. The prosecution will still need to show evidence of his mental state and knowledge of the danger involved.” She tells People, “It’s likely that mistakes or inconsistencies in the firearm’s testing will be a major sticking point in the trial.”
In response to these charges, Baldwin’s team has filed a request for a speedy trial. In a follow-up Fox News article, Kate explains, “Baldwin’s assertion of his right to a speedy trial puts pressure on the prosecution to prepare their case against Baldwin quickly.” She continues, “This could put additional pressure on their resources, particularly because the trial of the armorer is scheduled to go forward in February.”
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