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Alec Baldwin speaks on the phone in October outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office after being questioned about the fatal shooting on the set of Rust. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Baldwin’s cellphone had been turned over to authorities in New York. © Copyright Santa Fe New Mexican

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday actor and co-producer Alec Baldwin’s cellphone had been turned over to authorities in New York.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office had issued a search warrant for the phone’s contents in December but ran into jurisdictional issues when it came to obtaining information on the device.

Data from the cellphone was sought in an investigation into the Oct. 21 fatal shooting on the Rust film set at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe. Authorities have said Baldwin’s prop revolver discharged a live round during a rehearsal, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

On Friday afternoon, the phone was turned over to law enforcement officials in Suffolk County, N.Y., who will gather the information from the phone and share it with Santa Fe County investigators, sheriff’s office spokesman Juan Ríos said.

“The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office does not yet have physical possession of the data,” Ríos said in a statement. “This is in process.”



A spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office said the jurisdiction issue stemmed from the location of the phone.

“The jurisdictional concern was that the phone was not in New Mexico and we needed to work with New York officials to execute the warrant,” she wrote in an email Friday.

Baldwin’s lawyer, Aaron Dyer, said his client had been cooperating with authorities throughout the course of the investigation, and the delay in receiving information from the phone was no indication otherwise.

“Alec voluntarily provided his phone to the authorities this morning so they can finish their investigation,” Dyer said in a statement. “But this matter isn’t about his phone, and there are no answers on his phone.”

He added, “Alec did nothing wrong. It is clear that he was told it was a cold gun, and was following instructions when this tragic accident occurred. The real question that needs to be answered is how live rounds got on the set in the first place.”

(9) comments

Richard Reinders

Why did the DA let any evidence leave this jurisdiction including Baldwin, a person was killed and another wounded. Now they will find out how much was deleted from the phone, can you say Hilary Clinton.

Angel Ortiz

Really? Now it's political? OMG

Richard Reinders

Angel , Hilary is the only case I know of where her phone ,blackberry and server had a search warrant for them and she scrubbed all the info on them before turning it over, not political just fact. When you let people take their time you lose chain of custody it typically can’t be used as evidence successively.

Angel Ortiz

Interesting connection. Mind boggling.

Richard Reinders

I’m sorry Angle your the only one making this political.

Scott Showen

So you probably think it's the governors fault that there were live rounds on the set too?

Chris Mechels

Well yes, in a way, the Governor is at fault. The movie industry has a lousy safety record, and we have been doing no oversight, just "welcoming" them to New Mexico. The "response" of the Governor to the Rust shooting was simply a threat; they must fix the problem or she would, and she would be very tough. Yeah, right.... As usual she moves her lips, not her hips. PR, PR, and more PR, pretty much describes our beloved little, incompetent, Governor. As for how live ammo "got on the set" the lies are so numerous that reality is hard to come by. Our Sheriff has totally failed, and needs to be fired. That "might" be the only positive from this tragedy, getting rid of the incompetent Sheriff. BTW, get rid his Chief Deputy also...

Angel Ortiz

Connection of the Governor and pandemic to this story is simply ludicrous! Keep on trying Chris....

John Bryson

Outrageous that New Mexico authorities allowed this. Fix is in.

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