Witness testimony begins in Alec Baldwin’s Rust shooting trial

Opening statements began Wednesday in the involuntary manslaughter trial of actor Alec Baldwin nearly three years after he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of the film Rust.

The defense and prosecution began cross-examination of the trial’s first witnesses including law enforcement witnesses.

The first witness cross-examined by defense attorney Alex Spiro was Santa Fe, New Mexico, officer Nicholas Lefleur, whose body camera footage captured several members of the film crew gathered around Baldwin following the incident discussing what happened to Hutchins and the director, Joel Souza.

In the body camera footage that jurors saw on Wednesday, Baldwin was seen talking to Lefleur and admitting that he was “holding the gun.”

Defense attorney Alex Spiro told jurors that Baldwin believed the gun was a “cold gun” —
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