Extended search warrant issued for Alec Baldwin’s cell phone

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Alec Baldwin, pictured on ABC in the first interview after the filming of “Rust”.

A search warrant has been issued for that of Alec Baldwin mobile phone in New Mexico as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting death on set that claimed the life of the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while the two were filming the western “Rust” in October.

Issued by the judge David A. Segura, warrant authorizes search and seizure of Baldwin’s Apple iPhone “due to conversations between” detective Alexandria Hancock and the actor who “were taken through” the device’s native messaging application.

“The depositor must obtain a warrant for the seizure and search of Alec Baldwins’ cell phone in order to seek any evidence relating to the investigation into the death of Halyna Hutchins,” the affidavit in support of the warrant reads. “The depositor believes that there may be evidence over the phone that people are using cell phones during and / or after the commission of the offense (s). Such information, if it exists, may be important and relevant to this investigation. The depositor was also informed that several emails and SMS had been sent and received regarding the production of the film “Rust” during the interviews. “

In addition to getting the A-list actor’s phone, the warrant authorizes a “forensic download” that includes a vast network of essentially all of the information located on the device.

The warrant describes the parameters of the search:

[All] digital images, digital movies, emails, social media accounts, private social media messages, deleted digital images, deleted digital movies, evidence of multiple or deleted social media accounts, internet browser histories, phone book, stored contacts, network connection logs, text messages (MMS and SMS) to include aftermarket text apps, phone usage timelines, event logs, database cache histories, database cache histories, images, passwords or documents containing possible passwords, access to any “cloud” drive that may contain digital images or digital films, or documents containing passwords.

The court order also allows law enforcement to obtain and collect 10 additional categories of data from the phone, including GPS data, and the ability to take photographs of all data on the phone such as ‘they appear there in case some information cannot be downloaded directly.

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