Alec Baldwin’s Sister Tearfully Attends Opening Statements in ‘Rust’ Trial

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The opening day of actor Alec Baldwin’s trial in New Mexico, where he is facing involuntary manslaughter charges, was marked by profound emotion. During the initial statements, Alec Baldwin’s sister, Beth Keuchler, was visibly distraught, shedding tears in the courtroom.

As per a report by Entertainment Tonight on July 10, Beth was comforted by her brother Stephen, both during the session and in the court’s hallway during a recess. Amid these emotionally charged moments, Alec also took time to embrace his sister.

The trial, which has drawn significant attention, stems from a tragic incident on the set of Baldwin’s film “Rust” in October 2021, where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died after a gun Baldwin was handling discharged. If convicted, Baldwin could face up to 18 months in prison.

Present at the trial were Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, and their youngest child, 21-month-old Ilaria, along with the rest of their family. This case is under heightened scrutiny, partly because the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, has already been convicted and sentenced in relation to the same incident.

During opening statements, special prosecutor Erlinda Ocampo Johnson accused Baldwin of mishandling the firearm on set, citing negligence in his use of the gun as a pointer and improper handling of the hammer and trigger.

In defense, Baldwin’s attorney, Alex Spiro, highlighted the safety protocols followed by the crew, asserting the weapon was checked multiple times and Baldwin believed it was safe and not loaded. He emphasized that Baldwin did not tamper with or personally load the gun.

Additional insights into the case were provided through the testimony of Santa Fe deputy Nicholas LeFleur and the 911 call made right after the shooting incident, which were presented to the jury on the first day of the trial. Baldwin has maintained that he did not pull the trigger of the weapon.

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