The Alec Baldwin case is back. The actor's lawyers ask the court to dismiss the charges

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Alec Baldwin's lawyers asked the judge to dismiss the charges against the actor of unintentionally causing the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the western “Rust”. They claim that the main evidence in the case – the revolver – was damaged during examination. The star pleads not guilty.

The tragedy occurred on October 21, 2021, during the recording of one of the shots for the film “Rust”. Alec Baldwin was pointing his revolver at operator Halyna Hutchins when the gun went off. As a result, the cinematographer died and director Joel Souza was injured. The actor claims that he cocked the gun but did not pull the trigger. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of unintentional manslaughter.

According to defense lawyers, the gun used in the shooting was severely damaged during FBI forensic examination before it could be examined for possible modifications that could have cleared the actor of wrongdoing. The judge is scheduled to hear their arguments on Monday. Baldwin's trial is scheduled for next month.

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Baldwin's attorneys say the “most important piece of evidence in the case” – the revolver – was taken and destroyed with a hammer as part of a forensic analysis.

Prosecutors plan to present evidence in court that they say shows the gun “could not have fired without pulling the trigger” and was functioning properly before the shooting.

Props maker sentenced

In March, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, a gun prop maker, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for negligence. During her trial, an FBI expert testified that the weapon was fully functional and had safety features when it arrived at the FBI lab. As the expert explained, he had to hit the gun with a hammer and break it so that the weapon fired without pressing the trigger.

The AP notes that on Friday, a judge rejected prosecutors' request for immunity to force Gutierrez-Reed to testify in Baldwin's trial. Her statements to investigators and workplace safety officials are likely to play an important role in Baldwin's trial. The judge ruled that other witnesses could fill in most of the gaps if Gutierrez-Reed did not testify.

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Judge Marlowe Sommer also denied a motion by defense attorneys to dismiss the case because, they argued, Baldwin had no reason to believe the gun might contain live ammunition and was unaware of the risks.

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