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The New Mexico DA will announce a decision on the ‘rust’ charge on Thursday

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A New Mexico prosecutor will announce a decision Thursday on whether to file charges against Alec Baldwin and others in the 2021 fatal shooting on the set of “Rust.”

Marie Carmack-Altweiss, the First Judicial District Attorney, will announce the decision at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, according to a statement from her office.

Baldwin was holding a Colt .45, while setting up a scene at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, when the gun went off, striking cinematographer Halina Hutchins and director Joel Souza. Hutchins, 42, was killed. Sreeja’s shoulder gets hurt.

Baldwin has repeatedly said he did nothing wrong, noting that he was told the weapon was “cold,” meaning it had no live charges. His attorneys charged four others, including three crew members and an ammunition supplier.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office completed its investigation in October 2022 and forwarded it to the district attorney’s office for review. The district attorney’s office has already sought state funding for four criminal prosecutions.

The investigation included forensic analysis of the gun and examination of Baldwin’s phone records, which took months to obtain.

Investigators have already released reams of evidence in the case, including video interviews and crime scene photos. The investigation revealed that the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, had loaded Baldwin’s gun with a live round instead of a dummy round. The circles had the same sign, but were different colors. Other live rounds were also found in the set, including one in Baldwin’s holster.

Gutierrez blamed Reed’s attorney, Baldwin, as well as “Armara consultant” Seth Kenny, who supplied ammunition to the set.

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