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Friday, January 28, 2022

The assistant director of ‘Rust’ will be subpoenaed in the investigation of a fatal shooting

Key takeaways:

  • A judge had ordered Alec Baldwin’s assistant director to appear before state workplace safety regulators for an interview after he handed him a prop gun that killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set.

A judge has ordered the assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin a prop gun that killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set to appear before state workplace safety regulators for an interview.

Local news outlets reported that District Judge Bryan Biedscheid granted a request by the state Environment Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau to issue a subpoena to Dave Halls, assistant director for the film Rust, on Friday.

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The Bonanza Creek Ranch film shooting set near Santa Fe on Oct. 21 killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

Safety officials have attempted to interview Halls twice since Nov. 2 for their investigation. Still, he declined both times through his attorney, saying he wouldn’t agree to an interview until the criminal investigation into the shooting was completed, according to an affidavit in support of the subpoena request written by a compliance officer on Wednesday.

The investigation into a fatal shooting, the assistant director of 'Rust' will be subpoenaed.
The assistant director of ‘Rust’ will be subpoenaed. Image from KMVT

Halls’ interview is required because he was in charge of set safety, knew who was present during the shooting, and had handled the gun, according to the application.

According to Rebecca Roose, the Environment Department proposed a Tuesday interview with, deputy cabinet secretary. Still, the judge could set another date, or Halls’ attorney could fight the subpoena, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

On Saturday, the Associated Press left a voicemail for Halls’ attorney, Lisa Torracco, but she did not immediately return it.

Torraco told KOB-TV that Halls would cooperate with state investigators, according to KOB-TV.

Baldwin claims he had no idea the gun had a live round in it and that investigators must figure out who put it there.

Source: Global News

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