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Sunday July 14, 2024

Alec Baldwin’s lawyers demand case dismissal after evidence destruction

Alec Baldwin have been involved in court trials after accidentally shooting crew member during filming

By Web Desk
June 25, 2024
Alec Baldwin in 'The Rust' case

Alec Baldwin’s lawyers demanded a dismissal on the manslaughter case in court on Monday, after the case investigators destroyed the key piece of evidence, his Colt .45 revolver.

In two weeks, Baldwin will stand trial in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on a claim that he shot and murdered cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October 2021 out of carelessness.

Baldwin has denied firing the trigger, and the defence has maintained that the gun was altered to make it more easily shootable. 

An FBI examiner hit the gun with a mallet during testing in 2022, shattering internal parts so the hammer could not stay in the fully cocked position.

John Bash, Baldwin's attorney, contended that the testing denied the defence a complete chance to inspect the gun in its original state, pointing out that the examiner did not even disassemble the gun or considered taking pictures of its internal parts before the destructive testing.

“This is among the most egregious constellation of facts I’ve ever seen,” said Bash, a former U.S. Attorney during the Trump administration.

“They knew it would be destroyed, and they did nothing to preserve the evidence for the defendant.”