New Mexico prosecutors charged Alec Baldwin with manslaughter on Tuesday in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a film set when investigators revealed the shots weren’t even necessary for the scene.

The announcement comes after 1st Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said on Jan. 19 that her office would seek manslaughter charges against Baldwin and «Rust» gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed for their alleged role in Hutchin’s death.

There is probable cause that Baldwin «committed manslaughter» in an «unlawful act» with his «negligent use of a deadly weapon,» special investigator Robert Shilling wrote in a complaint.

The scene that unfolded in front of Hutchins did not require any shooting, according to the complaint.

“In reviewing the script and witness interviews, for this particular scene and close-up, the evidence indicates that the scene/shot did not require the gun to be fired,” Shilling wrote.

Hutchins, 42, was killed on October 21, 2021 while filming «Rust» at Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico. Baldwin was rehearsing a gun for a scene when the gun went off, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

“It is also determined through consultation with expert gunsmiths that a plastic pistol or a replica pistol should be used in a test since firing blanks is not required,” according to the complaint.

«However, (Baldwin) fired the .45 single action colt long revolver which resulted in the discharge of a projectile which struck and traveled through Halyna Hutchins’ right armpit, exited her back…then struck Joel Souza in the right shoulder and lodged in his right back.»

Tuesday’s charges now start the court clock, as Baldwin will make his initial court appearances within the next 15 days, prosecutors previously said.

Baldwin can appear at these early court appearances remotely, authorities said.

The case is expected to go through a preliminary hearing in which prosecutors will have to show the judge that they have enough evidence to warrant a trial. That procedure could happen in late April or early May, prosecutors said.

A trial could take place by the end of the year, depending on the schedules of the judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys.

“The district attorney and special counsel are completely focused on securing justice for Halyna Hutchins,” Heather Brewer, a spokeswoman for Carmack-Altwies, said in a statement Monday. “The evidence and the facts speak for themselves.”

Baldwin has refused to take any responsibility for Hutchins’ death.

In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in December 2021, Baldwin went so far as to say that he did not fire that fatal round.

“I feel like someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who it is. But I know it’s not me,» the actor told ABC News at the time.

Prosecutors have rejected Baldwin’s claim and said they have an FBI lab report to show conclusively that the actor pulled the trigger.

A representative for Baldwin declined to comment Tuesday afternoon.

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