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‘Rust’ conspiracy theories of ‘sabotage’ shot down by Santa Fe DA: ‘We don’t have any proof’

Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies speaks out against attorneys defending Rust crew members during the investigation into Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting of camerawoman Halyna Hutchins.

“So prosecutors have to deal with facts and evidence,” said Carmack-Altwies in an interview that aired on Good Morning America on Wednesday.

Regarding the controversy over how live rounds ended up on the Santa Fe movie set, the district attorney said, “We don’t have an answer on that yet.”

“I know some defenders have conspiracy theories and used the word ‘sabotage’. We have no evidence, “said Carmack-Altwies.

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Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza, front, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, rear, speaks during a press conference in Santa Fe, NM, Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
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In a speech on the Today show last week, attorneys Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence of gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed claimed that the bullets their client had loaded into the gun on the day of the shooting came from a box that only Should contain dummy cartridges that were unable to fire. However, since the ammunition was left unattended from around 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, they believe there was an opportunity for a disgruntled crew member to mix a live round into the box.

Carmack-Altwies then said if it were found that someone was actually “sabotaging” the set by placing live rounds near the cast and crew, their office would “certainly consider a higher murder charge” than we did with the facts that we now have, would perhaps be looking at. “

“The defense attorneys, we don’t have the same information as them. But as long as we don’t have them in hand, they don’t play a role in the decision-making process, ”continues Carmack-Altwies.

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While it could take months for the Santa Fe prosecutor to have the answers they’re looking for, the district attorney has raised concerns about “many flaws” on the Rust movie set.

An aerial view of the film set at Bonanza Creek Ranch where Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

An aerial view of the film set at Bonanza Creek Ranch where Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
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She added that after her understanding, more live rounds were found on the set than just the one that eventually cost Hutchins’ lives and injured director Joel Souza. It failed to release the amount found but found that it “absolutely” cares about the number of live rounds found.

“We still don’t know how they got on set and how they got there. I think it’s going to be one of the most important factors in deciding which one to choose. It’s probably more important to focus on what led to the shooting because the moment “From the shooting we know that at least Mr. Baldwin had no idea the gun was loaded, so it’s more like this gun was loaded, what errors occurred and what errors were criminal” said Carmack-Altwies.

Prosecutors said Gutierrez Reed will be interviewed a second time as investigators are reviewing their qualifications.

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Carmack-Altwies also confirmed that she knows who loaded the gun, but declined to provide details at the time. She also denied claims made by Attorney Lisa Torraco of Assistant Director Dave Halls last week that she alleged he failed to remove the gun from the prop truck.

Alec Baldwin fired the gun on the set of

Alec Baldwin fired the gun on the set of Rust that killed Halyna Hutchins and injured Joel Souza.
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“Yes, that seems to be the case,” said Carmack-Altwies of her knowledge that Halls turned the gun over to Baldwin.

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“Everyone was very cooperative at first, but adding lawyers makes it even more complicated. We don’t have any laws written for such incidents,” said Carmack-Altwies.

A private memorial service was held for Halyna Hutchins last week.

A private memorial service was held for Halyna Hutchins last week.
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Prosecutors added that their office would “absolutely” prosecute if circumstances warrant.

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