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Investigation Into ‘Rust’ Shooting Complete; Criminal Charges May Be Imminent

'If the facts and evidence warrant criminal charges under New Mexico law then charges will be brought... '

(Headline USA) The investigation into the fatal shooting on set of Alec Baldwin’s Rust has been completed by local authorities, and charges against those involved, including Baldwin, may be imminent.

“Today, District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies received the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s investigative report on the Rust movie set incident,” Heather Brewer, the spokesperson for Santa Fe’s top prosecutor, said in a statement.

“The District Attorney and her team of investigators and prosecutors will now begin a thorough review of the information and evidence to make a thoughtful, timely decision about whether to bring charges,” she added.

Brewer said the focus of the district attorney will be “upholding the integrity of the process, enforcing the laws of the state of New Mexico, and pursuing justice.”

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Detectives were done with their portion of the investigation in August, but the results were stalled after Baldwin refused to turn over his phone records. He eventually handed them over to investigators in Long Island, who then had to go through the bureaucratic process of transferring them to New Mexico.

It is now up to Carmack-Altwies to decide if Baldwin or any of the other crew members should be criminally charged in connection with the shooting. Brewer didn’t say whether Carmack-Altwies is working on a specific timeline, saying she needs to see the full investigate report and review it thoroughly before determining whether to move forward.

But in an Aug. 30 letter to New Mexico’s Board of Finance, Carmack-Altwies signaled she was prepared to charge up to four defendants, “possibly” including Baldwin.

She also clarified that Baldwin might still be on the hook despite his recent settlement with the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed after Baldwin fired a loaded gun.

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“While civil suits are settled privately and often involve financial awards, criminal cases deal only in facts. If the facts and evidence warrant criminal charges under New Mexico law then charges will be brought. No one is above the law,” Brewer said last month.

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