The Santa Fe County Sheriff has released "all files related to our ongoing investigation" into the shooting of DP on the set of the -starring film last year. Baldwin was holding the gun when it was discharged.
Sheriff Adan Mendoza of Santa Fe County has released all of the files related to the Rust movie set investigation, including lapel/dash camera footage from deputies and detectives, incident reports, crime scene photos, witnesses interviews, and set video and staff photos during this investigation.
The Sheriff's office has said the investigation remains "continuous and open."
During rehearsals at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside Santa Fe, Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded by a bullet fired from a pistol held by Alec Baldwin. He has also claimed that he did not pull the trigger and that it must have misfired.
According to Sheriff Mendoza, "a number of components of the investigation remain unconcerned, including, the FBI firearm and ballistic forensics, DNA and latent fingerprint analysis, the Office of the Medical Examiner findings report, and the analysis of Mr. Alec Baldwin's phone data obtained by the Suffolk County Sheriff's investigators."
"Sobald these investigative tasks are delivered to the sheriff's office, we will be able to complete the investigation and send it to the Santa Fe District Attorney for review," said Sheriff Mendoza.
A lawyer for Alec Baldwin has revealed that Wednesday's safety regulations report 'exonerates' his client. The report claims that the Rust production company acted in "serious management failures" in its investigation into the on-set shooting that killed Hutchins and badly injured filmmaker Joel Souza last year.
After the safety report's release on Wednesday, Hannah Gutierrez Reed of the film gave him a degree of vindication.
Despite her vocal concerns, OSHA's extensive safety investigation found that production willfully failed to follow national gun safety guidelines. OSHA found Hannah Gutierrez Reed was inadequate enough time or resources to perform her job effectively, according to the New Mexico-based attorney.
During the filming of the infamous Western, Rust Movie Productions LLC and its director were subjected to a maximum $136,793 fine.