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Alec Baldwin could still face 'Rust' criminal charges despite settlement, DA says: 'No one is above the law'

Alec Baldwin, along with "Rust" producers, reached a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, but the New Mexico district attorney's office announced Wednesday that the proposed agreement will have "no impact" on their investigation and filing possible criminal charges in the case. "The proposed settlement announced today in Matthew Hutchins’ wrongful death case against ‘Rust’ movie producers, including Alec Baldwin, in the death of Halyna Hutchins will have no impact on District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis’ ongoing investigation or her ultimate decision whether to file criminal charges in the case," Heather Brewer, spokesperson, Office of the First Judicial District Attorney, State of New Mexico, told Fox News Digital.  "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.
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'Rust' Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed Questions Sheriff's Investigation Into Fatal On-Set Shooting
Rust shooting. Through her lawyer, Jason Bowles, the armorer told ET in a statement that she has «long sought this answer and will not give up in pursuing the truth to find it.»During the October on-set incident, Alec Baldwin held the gun that discharged, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.«The primary question in this case from the beginning has been where did the live rounds that ended up on the set come from?» the statement read, before claiming that «the Sheriff’s office made a conscious decision not to pursue this question at all by refusing to ask the FBI to test any of the rounds for fingerprints or DNA.»In addition to the statement, Guitierrez-Reed's attorney provided emails that he says were between him and Detective Alexandria Hancock of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.In the emails, Bowles questioned why the FBI didn't pursue DNA testing on the rounds, he claims Hancock replied that «given the fact the items were from movie sets, which had been handled over and over and over, it didn’t make sense» to do so.Bowles asked follow-up questions in subsequent emails, though he claims Hancock wrote back «we are done with testing at this time.»«I’ve never heard of an agency declining to pursue DNA evidence on the possible murder instrument or weapon,» Bowles wrote in the final email he provided to ET.
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