Alec Baldwin indicted by grand jury for manslaughter charges almost 3 years after fatal shooting

 January 21, 2024

Actor Alec Baldwin was indicted by a grand jury on involuntary manslaughter charges on Friday, months after prosecutors dropped other counts against the actor in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Baldwin is accused of involuntary manslaughter after he allegedly shot Hutchins on the New Mexico set of Baldwin's Rust.

The actor was practicing a cross-draw on the Santa Fe set in October 2021 when the gun fired, striking Hutchins, who would die from the injury. Director Joel Souza was also hit, but he survived.

A statement from Hutchins' family was released in which attorneys said that they "are looking forward to the criminal trial which will determine if he should be convicted for the untimely death of Halyna."

If Baldwin is convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 18 months in prison.

While Hutchins' death is a tragedy, and no evidence suggests malice on the part of Baldwin, the case has attracted widespread scrutiny due to the actor's fame and influence. Some have suggested that someone of lesser status would never have escaped accountability for this tragedy for so long.