We all remember that bizarre ABC interview, where Alec Baldwin tearfully proclaimed that he did not “fire” the gun that shot and killed Halyna Hutchins.
At the time it seemed like a wacky statement, but what Alec said actually intrigued the Santa Fe DA who’s overseeing the case.
So much so, that she decided to look into his claim, and what she found out, and is now stating publicly, is not good news for Alec.
DA Mary Carmack Altwies agrees that Alec probably didn’t “pull the trigger,” but he still fired the gun.
The New York Post reported that Alec Baldwin may have fired the shot that killed “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins without pulling the gun’s trigger, a New Mexico prosecutor says.
Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told Vanity Fair she had watched Alec Baldwin’s bombshell interview with ABC in December and was drawn to the actor’s claim that he did not pull the trigger.
“You can pull the hammer back without actually pulling the trigger and without actually locking it,” Carmack-Altwies said. “So you pull it back partway, it doesn’t lock, and then if you let it go, the firing pin can hit the primer of the bullet.”
Baldwin had insisted in the interview that the trigger was never pulled.
“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never,” the former “30 Rock” star said.
The DA requested that one of her investigators bring his old-style revolver to her office to test if a mechanical malfunction could have caused the gun to go off. They cleared a room, and she had two investigators inspect the gun to confirm it was not loaded.
Her test revealed that the hammer could have caused the live round to fire, however official results from an FBI analysis of the weapon are still pending.
While Baldwin said he did not pull the trigger, a lawsuit filed by a “Rust” script supervisor in November alleges that he “intentionally” fired the gun at Hutchins.
If this is true, it means that Alec’s theory that the gun “malfunctioned” and somehow fired by itself is wrong.
It actually would mean that Alec Baldwin was handling a gun that he had no business handling because he had absolutely no idea how it worked, nor that there was a live round in the chamber.
This is actually terrible news for Alec.
Could they charge Alec with negligent manslaughter?
That’s what many experts think could happen.
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