Alec Baldwin 'Rust' trial: Live updates as opening statements in involuntary manslaughter case begin

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Taryn Ryder

Alec Baldwin's criminal trial is underway in Santa Fe, N.M., with jury selection having concluded on Tuesday evening. Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed in October 2021 when a gun Baldwin was holding discharged. The Emmy-winning actor faces one count of involuntary manslaughter and has pleaded not guilty. He's maintained that he did not pull the trigger.

Baldwin scored a huge pretrial victory on Monday when the judge ruled that his role as a producer of the Western film is irrelevant. While Baldwin the actor will stand trial, prosecutors cannot argue his role as a producer made him more culpable in Hutchins's death.

Baldwin faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted. Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was convicted on the same charge of involuntary manslaughter by a jury in March and the following month given the maximum sentence. Opening statements are scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Here are the latest developments.

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