“He is not responsible for verifying it,” lawyer Lisa Torraco said in an interview with Fox News on Monday. “This is not the job of the assistant director. If he chooses to check the gun because he wants to make sure everyone is safe, he can, but it is not his responsibility. “
According to the affidavit of a search warrant filed last week, Halls admitted to investigators that he should have checked all the cartridges loaded in the weapon and “did not remember if he had spun the drum” before. the fatal shooting of October 21 which killed the director of photography Halyna Hutchins and the injured director Joël Souza.
“David indicated that the incident was not a deliberate act,” writes the detective.
Torraco said Halls was under no obligation to check the weapon.
According to the New York Post, Halls, in his first public statement since the shooting, spoke of his relationship with Hutchins.
“Halyna Hutchins was not only one of the most talented people I have worked with, but also a friend,” he said in the statement. “I am shocked and saddened by his death. ”
While Halls did not address the details of the investigation, he did comment on the changes he would like to see in the industry.
“I hope this tragedy will prompt the industry to re-evaluate its values and practices to ensure that no one is hurt again in the creative process,” the statement read.
According to the Post, Halls said he was “overwhelmed with love and support” and his “thoughts were with all who knew and loved Halyna.”
CNN made several attempts to contact Halls and did not respond. His lawyer declined to comment on CNN on Monday.
How a gun with a live bullet got to Baldwin remains a question
Torraco said witnesses told his team that the gunsmith or gunsmith’s assistant brought the gun to the set.
Lawyers for Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the film’s firearms supervisor, said her top priority was safety.
“Ultimately, this set would never have been compromised if the live ammunition had not been introduced,” attorneys Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence said in a statement. “Hannah has no idea where the live balls are coming from. “
Torraco said some witnesses told his team that the gunsmith handed the pistol directly to Baldwin, and then Baldwin put it in a holster. Some witnesses also said Baldwin wanted to adjust his holster and handed the gun to Halls, who immediately returned the gun after the actor adjusted his holster, Torraco added.
According to Torraco, other witnesses said the gunsmith brought the gun, another crew member checked the gun, then Halls checked the gun “as a pass. -everywhere ”and handed it to Baldwin“ because he was in between, ”Torraco mentioned.
But she said one thing was wrongly reported about what Halls did that day.
“In the affidavits it is stated that my client grabbed the gun from a prop cart and handed it to Baldwin. It absolutely didn’t happen, ”Torraco said.
Sante Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said investigators used different statements in the affidavits.
“These obviously do not include all of the statements from the investigation,” he told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront”. “So there are statements that Mr. Halls inspected or handled the firearm before giving it to Mr. Baldwin. “
Mendoza said it was important for Halls and others to cooperate with investigators and show up for follow-up talks.
“If Mr. Halls sees what happened on set that day any differently, come and tell us how it went,” the sheriff said.
The sheriff added that some of the people they wish to speak with have not accepted, on the advice of their lawyers.
Torraco said it didn’t matter if his client handed the gun to Baldwin.
“My client didn’t load the gun. My client didn’t point the gun at anyone. And my client didn’t pull the trigger, ”Torraco said. “The gunsmith comes in, the gunsmith opens the gun, my client looks at it, and one of the other crew members checks it too.” Alec Baldwin at this point doesn’t really matter because he didn’t charge him. “
An earlier affidavit states that Halls shouted “Cold weapon,” meaning the guns had no live ammunition, before handing the gun to Baldwin.
CNN has reached out to Torraco for comment.
Baldwin “extremely interested” in future gun safety
Baldwin said this weekend that he talks to detectives every day.
“We look forward to the sheriff’s department telling us what their investigation has yielded,” Baldwin told members of the paparazzi who followed him and his wife to Manchester, Vermont.
He told them he could not comment on what happened as an investigation was underway.
Baldwin said he couldn’t say if he would ever work on another film set involving guns like the ones used on the set of “Rust.”
“I know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of guns on film sets is something that interests me tremendously,” Baldwin said. “But remember, something I think is important, and that is how many bullets have been fired in movies and TV shows in the past 75 years?” This is America. How many bullets have been fired in movies and on television sets… and almost all of them without incident. “
If there is a problem and as a result of “this horrible catastrophic thing, new measures must be taken,” he said, including the possibility of using rubber or plastic guns.
“It’s not for me to decide,” Baldwin said.
No criminal charges have been filed, but the Santa Fe County District Attorney recently said she had not ruled out any.
CNN’s Steve Almasy, Amanda Watts and Lisa Respers France contributed to this report.