Judge approves subpoena for ‘Rust’ deputy director who declined multiple interviews

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The deputy director who handed Alec Baldwin a gun that killed a cinematographer on a film set in New Mexico must make itself available for an interview with state workplace safety regulators, a judge ruled.

District Judge Bryan Biedscheid on Friday granted a request from the State Department of the Environment’s Office of Occupational Health and Safety to issue a subpoena to Dave Halls, deputy director of the film “Rust “local media reported.

Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins was killed and the director Joel souza was injured in the October 21 shooting on the set of Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.

Security officials have tried twice since November 2 to question Halls for their investigation, but he has both refused through his lawyer and said he would not accept an interview until ‘A criminal investigation into the shooting is reportedly not complete, a compliance official wrote in an affidavit Wednesday in support of the summons request.

The interview with Halls is necessary as he had security responsibilities, knew who was present during the shooting and had handled the weapon, according to the app.

Rebecca Roose, deputy cabinet secretary for the Department of the Environment, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the department had offered an interview on Tuesday, but the judge could set another date or Halls’ attorney could challenge the assignment.

Halls lawyer Lisa Torracco did not immediately respond to a voicemail message left by the Associated Press on Saturday asking for comment.

However, KOB-TV reported that Torraco told the station Halls would cooperate with state investigators.

Baldwin said he was unaware the gun contained a live bullet and that investigators need to find out who put it in the gun.

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