Alec Baldwin is one of up to four individuals who may be charged in October for the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the making of "Rust" in 2021, according to a New Mexico prosecutor.
District attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies informed the state's finance board that the official police report on the incident near Santa Fe, New Mexico is anticipated next month, at which time prosecutors will pursue criminal charges if they are merited.
Carmack-Altwies stated in a letter to the board that investigators are focusing on the "many individuals" who handled the weapon Baldwin fired during a rehearsal, killing Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.
In a letter dated August 30 requesting additional cash to prosecute the high-profile case, she stated, "One of the possible defendants is well-known movie actor Alec Baldwin,"
Carmack-Altwies informed the board on September 20 that four jury trials are likely, with each defendant charged under a different variety of state homicide statutes.
The former public defender stated that her team would need to hire a full-time prosecutor, special investigator, media spokesman, and expert witnesses to compete with "well-paid and experienced defense lawyers" from Los Angeles and New York.
At its meeting on September 20, the finance board approved $317,750 in funds for the district attorney's office, which had requested $635,500.
Baldwin has denied responsibility for Hutchins' death and stated that live ammunition never should have been permitted on set.
His lawyer, Luke Nikas, cautioned against assuming that Baldwin would be charged.
"The district attorney has made it clear that she has not received the sheriff's report or made any decisions regarding who, if anyone, may be charged in this case," he said in a statement released on Monday.