A new forensic report could still reshuffle the cards in the Alec Baldwin case.
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The actor, however, seemed to be definitively off the hook regarding the accidental death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins which occurred on the set of Rust in October 2021, shot by the star with a firearm used as a prop for the film.
First prosecuted for manslaughter, Alec Baldwin was finally released last spring, his lawyers having demonstrated that the weapon had undergone modifications that could have caused a malfunction that caused the shot to go off without him having pressed the trigger.
However, a recent forensic report obtained by Variety tends to prove that the blow could never have left without the trigger being frankly pushed.
“This fatal incident was the result of the hammer being manually retracted fully rearward, into position and cocked, followed at some point by pulling or depressing the trigger rearward,” the document states. , while the original weapon, having been destroyed during tests conducted by the FBI, was reproduced to conduct these new examinations.
“Although Alec Baldwin has repeatedly denied pulling the trigger, based on the tests, findings and observations reported here, the trigger must have been pulled far enough to release the revolver’s hammer whether it was fully cocked or well retracted,” the report concludes.
This could allow the prosecution to resume the prosecution, which, moreover, it had promised to do if new evidence appeared. “If the weapon is found not to have malfunctioned, charges against Mr. Baldwin will be pursued,” special prosecutors Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis announced last June.
So it would seem that Alec Baldwin really didn’t come out of the inn.