According to Fox News opinion writer Gregg Jarrett, actor Alec Baldwin could be charged with negligent manslaughter after he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico film set of “Rust.”
The comments from Jarrett came during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“He could be charged with criminally negligent homicide involuntary manslaughter which is grossly negligent and reckless conduct,” Jarrett asserted. The failure to exercise due care to protect the crew.”
“But even if someone says, ‘this is a cold gun. It’s safe’,” Hannity chimed in, playing the devils advocate.
“That doesn’t matter because as Brian points out the safety protocols were violated here,” Jarret said.
Jarrett elaborated on his post in an opinion piece written in Fox News. Check out what he had to say:
Murder and manslaughter are complex concepts in the law of homicide. Even an accidental death can rise to the level of criminal homicide if it involves reckless acts or grossly negligent conduct – especially if the calamitous consequence was reasonably foreseeable.
Within this broad framework, the still-developing facts involving the actor Alec Baldwin give us some guidance about who, if anyone, might be culpable for potential crimes.
Alec Baldwin’s Criminal Exposure
It is uncontested that Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. According to reports, Baldwin was handed the firearm by an assistant director who stated aloud that it was a “cold gun,” meaning that it was empty. According to details of the police investigation, the weapon was loaded with a live round.