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Prosecutors will recharge Alec Baldwin over lethal movie shooting after results from independent forensic test
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Prosecutors will recharge Alec Baldwin over lethal movie shooting after results from independent forensic test

Prosecutors in New Mexico said that they would file charges against actor Alec Baldwin again over the shooting incident that claimed the life of a cinematographer on the set of his "Rust" movie.

Special prosecutor Kari Morrissey said that the charges against Baldwin would be brought before a Santa Fe grand jury in November.

The accidental shooting injured director Joel Souza and killed 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin was holding the gun when it went off, but he has claimed numerous times that he did not pull the trigger on the weapon.

Prosecutors say that an independent forensic test has found that Baldwin must have pulled the trigger on the revolver in order for it to go off.

“After extensive investigation over the past several months, additional facts have come to light that we believe show Mr. Baldwin has criminal culpability in the death of Halyna Hutchins and the shooting of Joel Souza,” said prosecutors.

"We believe the appropriate course of action is to permit a panel of New Mexico citizens to determine from here whether Mr. Baldwin should be held over for criminal trial," the statement continued.

Attorneys for Baldwin responded with a brief statement.

"It is unfortunate that a terrible tragedy has been turned into this misguided prosecution. We will answer any charges in court," the statement said.

The actor had been previously charged with involuntary manslaughter, but that charge was dropped in April. A weapons handler on the movie named Hannah Gutierrez is facing trial in 2024.

In October, Baldwin and the movie's producers settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Halyna Hutchins. They went on to finish filming the movie in May.

Here's more about the lethal 'Rust' shooting:

Prosecutors say Alec Baldwin has 'criminal culpability' in 'Rust' shooting | ABCNLwww.youtube.com

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