Several weeks ago, South O’ the Highway reported that law enforcement in New Mexico were attempting to extract information from Amagansett resident Alec Baldwin’s cellphone related to the fatal October 21 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his Western movie Rust. It doesn’t look as if they had much success.
Reuters reported on January 6 that in an effort to finally get what they want, New Mexico law enforcement said they are now working with police in New York State to obtain the material from the actor’s cellphone.
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney’s Office are “actively working” with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, New York, and Baldwin’s lawyers to get any materials on the phone pertaining to their investigation, according to a press release.
The statement came three weeks after the sheriff’s office received a search warrant to seize Baldwin’s Apple iPhone to examine text messages, emails and other information stored on the device, according to court documents.
A spokesman for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and a lawyer for Baldwin did not respond to requests for comment.
The 30 Rock actor has said he was holding a revolver on the film set when it went off during rehearsal in October, firing a live round that killed Hutchins.
Baldwin said in a television interview he never pulled the trigger and denied responsibility for the shooting. He said he had no idea how a live round got onto the set.
The New Mexico prosecutor overseeing the case has said some people who handled guns on the set may face criminal charges over Hutchins’ death.
A Santa Fe detective said she sought the search warrant for Baldwin’s phone after she requested it on a voluntary basis and “was instructed to acquire a warrant,” according to an affidavit.
The affidavit said suspects, victims and witnesses “often make and/or receive telephone calls and/or messages before, during and/or after the commission of crime(s). Such information, if it exists, may be material and relevant to this investigation.”
Baldwin and his family spent the majority of the Christmas holidays at their home in the Hamptons.
(Reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, N.M., Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler)