A New Mexico judge has ordered the first assistant principal to be at the center of the fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin. Rust Cinematographer Helena Hutchins can’t avoid sitting with state investigators any longer.
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Brian Bedshed granted a Magicland State Department of Environment’s request to subpoena David Halls. After apparently evading various attempts at an interview as part of an ongoing investigation into occupational health and safety law, Halls is now expected to sit down with state officials on December 14 at 10 a.m. Albuquerque time.
One of ABC News’s many primetime specials on Rust Last night’s tragedy, Halls’ attorney Lisa Turaco told Deadline this afternoon that “Mr. Halls is pleased to cooperate with the OSHA investigation.” At this point, Torroco says the interview is scheduled to take place via Zoom, but there are no details on the dates.
Holes and Attorney Turaco previously insisted they won’t talk to anyone until the Santa Sheriff’s Office finishes its audit of what happened at the western low-budget Bonanza Creek Ranch on October 21. The police investigation could potentially lead to criminal charges – an outcome that senior attorney general Mary Carmack Altois has not repeatedly ruled out.
Now, OSHA wants their questions answered — by Holes and possibly others.
“The office understands that Mr. Holz was inside the church when this death and injury occurred, and the second-person workplace death and injury occurred,” said documents that New Mexico Department of Environment attorney Mia Napolitano filed with the court this week. “So the office needs to question Mr. Holes about what happened inside the church,” the Assistant General Counsel said of the first announcement.
The defendant in the case file was actually Rust Movie Productions LLC, where Halls is considered by the Department of the Environment in a management position.
“Mr. and the filing adds that the halls could also inform the office of who was inside the church and anyone else we had to meet.” “It is also the understanding of the offices that Mr. Hals held safety meetings on the site and had a safety list on the set.”
Holes admitted to the sheriff’s office that he had not properly examined the gun in question before handing it over to Baldwin and declared the “cold gun” in place. As reported by Deadline on October 25, Halls was fired from a previous film due to gun safety lapses and was not rehired due to complaints of personal misconduct on the 2019 Blumhouse TV project.
Nearly two months after Hutchins’ death and director Joel Sousa’s injury, it’s worth noting that no one has been arrested or charged. Rust shooting
With the Sheriff’s Office investigation continuing with four search warrants issued thus far, two court cases over Rust have already been filed with Baldwin and Hals, as well as the movies Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reid, and support Sarah Zachary, as well as producers and others named as defendants. Most hired a defense attorney, and the Hutchins family also hired a lawyer who specialized in false death lawsuits.
The now-closed production of the film itself has hired the law firm Jenner Block to conduct their own internal investigation into the events of October 21. Part of this ongoing investigation is the company’s high-profile partners’ participation in OSHA interviews with rust staff and producers.
In all these meetings in all investigations there is a lot to discuss, especially where the live tours that weren’t supposed to be on the set came from.
Police search warrants at the Bonanza Creek ranch found a number of guns, and according to Sheriff Adan Mendoza at a news conference in late October, “500 rounds of ammunition…a mixture of blanks and dummies and what we suspected were live rounds.”
To bridge the information gap with the potential skepticism of the future jury, Gutierrez Reid’s lawyers have been putting forward the theory of “sabotage” based on the mass resignation of a juror Rust Camera crew hours before filming. Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on December 2 that while he was shooting with the hammer of the rifle that killed Hutchins, he never pulled the trigger.
Halls, via attorney Torraco, has endorsed star/producer Baldwin’s position—something that will certainly be of great interest to the OSHA team.
Baldwin also said and posted it on social media before the shooting Rust One group was safe. Confirmation that contradicts at least two documented incidents of accidental gunfire in the film prior to Hutchins’ death.