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Judge approves subpoenas for the 'Rust assistant director' by regulators

SANTA FE (AP) -- Alec Baldwin's assistant director must be available to interview state safety regulators.

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Judge approves subpoenas for the 'Rust assistant director' by regulators

Bryan Biedscheid, District Judge, granted Friday's request of the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (state Environment Department) to issue a subpoena for Dave Halls assistant director for "Rust," local media reported.

Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer, was killed in an accident while Joel Souza, director of Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe was injured.

Safety officials attempted to interview Halls twice since Nov. 2, but he declined through his attorney. He also stated that he would not agree to an interview until a criminal probe into the shooting has been completed. A Wednesday affidavit supporting the subpoena request was signed by a compliance officer.

Halls must be interviewed because he was responsible for setting safety, knew who was present during shooting, and had previously handled the gun.

Rebecca Roose was the deputy cabinet secretary for the Environment Department. She told the Santa Fe New Mexican that although the department had proposed a Tuesday interview, the judge could change the date or Halls could be sued.

Lisa Torracco (Halls' attorney) did not respond on Saturday to a voicemail from The Associated Press requesting comment.

KOB-TV reported however that Torraco said to the station that Halls would cooperate with state investigators.

Baldwin claimed that he did not know that the gun contained a live bullet and that investigators should find out who placed it in the weapon.

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