Judge Approves Regulators’ Subpoena for Deputy Director of “Rust” | national news

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SANTA FE, NM (AP) – The assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin a propeller pistol that killed a cinematographer on a film set in New Mexico must make himself available for an interview with regulators of state occupational safety, a judge ruled.

District Judge Bryan Biedscheid on Friday granted a request from the State Department of the Environment’s Office of Occupational Health and Safety to issue a subpoena to Dave Halls, deputy director of the film “Rust” , local media reported.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured in the October 21 shooting on the set of Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.

Security officials have tried twice since November 2 to question Halls for their investigation, but he has both refused through his lawyer and said he would not accept an interview until ‘A criminal investigation into the shooting is reportedly not complete, a compliance official wrote in an affidavit on Wednesday. in support of the summons request.

The interview with Halls is necessary as he had security responsibilities, knew who was present during the shooting and had handled the weapon, according to the app.

Rebecca Roose, deputy cabinet secretary at the Ministry of the Environment, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the department offered an interview on Tuesday, but that the judge could set a different date or that Halls’ attorney could challenge the subpoena.

Halls lawyer Lisa Torracco did not immediately respond to a voicemail message left by the Associated Press on Saturday asking for comment.

However, KOB-TV reported that Torraco told the station Halls would cooperate with state investigators.

Baldwin said he was unaware the gun contained a live bullet and that investigators need to find out who put it in the gun.

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