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Jury Selected for Alec Baldwin's Trial for Deadly 'Rust' Shooting

The jury has been selected in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Alec Baldwin in connection with the fatal 2021 shooting of a crew member on the set of “Rust” in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The actor was practicing cross-draw in a church on the set of the western film when the Colt .45 revolver fired a live round, fatally striking cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42.

Baldwin, 66, who was also a producer on the film, was indicted by a grand jury on involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with Hutchins' death earlier this year after prosecutors dropped the charge. He has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection was delayed for several hours Tuesday due to technical problems with audio equipment. Sixteen jurors, including four alternates, were selected Tuesday afternoon. The jury is comprised of 11 women and five men.

Of the 70 potential jurors, three said they had heard nothing about the case before Tuesday.

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Potential jurors were asked questions about media coverage of the case, whether they owned a gun, whether they had strong opinions about guns and whether they worked in the film industry or knew someone who did. The defense also asked potential jurors whether anyone had an opinion about Baldwin that might influence their judgment, which they did not.

Opening statements are expected to begin Wednesday in the trial, which is currently scheduled to run through July 19.

Baldwin claimed he did not pull the trigger of the gun, although the FBI's forensic report determined the gun could not have been fired without pulling the trigger.

Prosecutors tried to argue at trial that Baldwin was responsible as a producer for the dangerous conditions on the set. However, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ruled against prosecutors during an evidentiary hearing Monday.

In arguments before his ruling, defense attorney Luke Nikas said that arguing that Baldwin was responsible for the on-set shooting death because he was reckless in his role as a producer was “far more prejudicial than probative” and should be excluded.

Prosecutor Erlinda Ocampo Johnson said it was relevant to show the jury that, as a producer, Baldwin was “aware of his security obligations” and “had the authority to control security on the set.”

SEE ALSO: 'Rust' Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Found Guilty of Manslaughter in On-Set Shooting

In rejecting the evidence, Marlowe Sommer said the probative value was “not substantially outweighed by unfair prejudice and certainly by confusion of the issues for the jury.”

In other evidentiary rulings, the judge said that footage from the set of “Rust” showing Baldwin handling the gun can be admitted as evidence at trial, but that videos of him yelling or cursing at the crew to hurry up were not relevant to the case.

Baldwin's defense team filed several motions to dismiss his indictment, all of which were denied in the weeks leading up to the trial.

Marlowe Sommer also rejected a state request last month to use immunity to compel the film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez, to testify at Baldwin's trial.

Gutierrez, 27, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting and sentenced in April to 18 months in prison, the maximum possible sentence. She appealed her conviction in May.

Prosecutors sought immunity so her testimony could not be used against her in her appeal. In a pretrial interview in May, Gutierrez asserted her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, prosecutors said.

In rendering her decision, Marlowe Sommer noted that the gunsmith had indicated she would not testify and that she had heard “nothing that (Gutierrez) could testify to that someone else could not testify to.”

Her attorney told ABC News Tuesday that they had been informed she would be called to testify Friday and that she planned to invoke the Fifth Amendment.

Last month, Marlowe Sommer also allowed testimony at Baldwin's trial from a “Rust” crew member who prosecutors say witnessed the shooting on the set and said he saw Baldwin pull the trigger.

Prosecution and defense witnesses who could also testify include David Halls, the film's security coordinator who was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation in connection with the shooting, and “Rust” director Joel Souza, who was also hit by the live round. Both testified at Gutierrez's trial.

At Gutierrez’s trial, footage of Baldwin from the filming of “Rust” was shown, including a shot of the actor firing a gun after the word “cut” was uttered. Prosecutor Kari Morrissey addressed Baldwin’s role in the shooting during her closing argument, telling jurors, “Alec Baldwin’s conduct and his lack of gun safety in that church that day is something he’s going to have to answer for. Not with you and not today.”

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