Attorneys for the family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was shot dead by Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” last year, filed this week to appoint a person to represent Hutchins’ estate who will review it. whether or not to file a wrongful claim.
Ms. Hutchins was killed when the old-fashioned revolver Mr. Baldwin was practicing on set in New Mexico, which he allegedly did not contain live ammunition, fired a live bullet, hitting her and the show’s director. film, Joel Souza, the survivor.
According to the petition, filed in New Mexico state court Wednesday, attorneys for the widow and son of Ms. Hutchins asked the court to appoint Kristina Martinez, a Santa Fe attorney, to represent her husband and son. represent the cinematographer’s assets “for the sole purpose of investigating and pursuing a lawsuit under the New Mexico Wrongful Death Act. “Court records do not specify who should be named as the defendant should the lawsuit be filed.
Hutchins’ widower, Matthew Hutchins, and her 9-year-old son both supported the petition to name an agent for Ms. Hutchins’ estate, the filing said.
Randi McGinn, an attorney representing Hutchins, said the process for appointing a representative is specific to New Mexico state law. Under the statute, any money granted in the lawsuit would be divided between Mr. Hutchins and his son, she said.
Ms. Hutchins, 42 years old and of Ukrainian descent, is a promising cinematographer who friends describe as talent, spirit and dedication to the job.
Following the deadly shooting on October 21, several members of the crew filed a lawsuit against Mr. Baldwin and others involved in the production. Mr. Baldwin, who starred in the West and was also a producer on it, confirmed in a television interview that he was not responsible for the fatal shooting and said he had not pulled the trigger, suggesting that the gun may have fired after he pulled the hammer back. His lawyer file a petition on Monday called for the film’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, to have a lawsuit filed against him dismissed.
Officials in New Mexico are still examining how a live bullet was fired into the gun Baldwin was practicing and whether anyone should be held criminally responsible.
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