New UPDATE: Case closed.

A judge in New Mexico dismissed the case against the actor Alec Baldwin on Friday after finding that the state had withheld evidence.

“The state’s discovery violation has injected a needless, incurable delay into the instant jury trial. Dismissal with prejudice is warranted to ensure the integrity of the judicial system and the efficient administration of justice. Your motion to dismiss with prejudice is granted.”

UPDATE:  The lead detective in the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film “Rust” is likely to be on the stand for most of Friday at Alec Baldwin‘s involuntary manslaughter trial in New Mexico, as prosecutors try to cast the movie star as a reckless cavalier with a gun in his hand and the defense seeks to portray him as a working actor just doing his job.

As of yesterday, jury selection has been completed, and the Alec Baldwin involuntary manslaughter trial is set to begin with opening statements today. The jury panel is then expected to listen to an approximately nine day trial, before they deliberate.

Actor Alec Baldwin is facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust.”

The trial is expected to delve into the intersection of gun safety, celebrity status, and a low-budget Western movie set.

Baldwin has pleaded not guilty, and his defense team has argued that the shooting was an accident and that he should not be held responsible. The prosecution, on the other hand, is likely to argue that Baldwin was negligent and should have taken more precautions to ensure the safety of those around him.

Either way, a quick press check could have saved everyone a lot of hassle, and for one poor woman, her life.