Alec Baldwin's Sister Beth Keuchler Cries in Court on First Day of 'Rust' Trial

Alec Baldwin has received a lot of support from his family during his involuntary manslaughter trial in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Alec Baldwin's criminal trial kicked off Wednesday with opening statements, and the proceedings brought at least one of the actor's family members to tears.

The 66-year-old actor wore a black suit and light purple dress shirt and tie inside the First Judicial District Courthouse, where once again his family showed their support. Alec's wife, Hilaria Baldwin, and brother, actor Stephen Baldwin, were in the courtroom consoling the 30 Rock star.

But an eyewitness also tells ET that Alec's sister, Beth Keuchler, was also in court supporting her brother. The eyewitness said that "Stephen was seen consoling his sister, who was crying during opening statements." Once the court went on break, the eyewitness says "Elizabeth and Stephen went out into the hallway, where Stephen continued to console his sister, who was visibly emotional, crying and wiping away tears."

The eyewitness further stated that before the break ended, "Alec joined his family and hugged his sister."

A source also tells ET, "Hilaria has been a huge support system for Alec during this difficult time and will continue to be throughout the trial. The camera crew for their upcoming reality TV show isn't with them during this."

Meanwhile, ET has learned that Rust Movie Productions has submitted the film to international film festivals, though a release date has not yet been determined.

On Tuesday, Alec and Hilaria's youngest of their seven children, 1-year-old Ilaria, was also at the trial. And this appears to be a calculated move, according to attorney Gloria Allred, one of the attorneys who represents Halyna Hutchins' parents, Olga Solovey and Anatolli Androsovych, in a civil lawsuit against Alec.

Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin. - Getty

"Well, it seems to me that it appears to be a very cynical, calculated public relations move to potentially impact the juror and the juror pool to be sympathetic to Alec Baldwin," Allred told ET's Cassie DiLaura.

Allred added, "To make money from a reality show and then potentially include this trial as part of his reality show. This trial is about a homicide. This trial is a case in real life where Alec Baldwin is charged with involuntary manslaughter of Halyna Hutchins, and I think it's sick."

Allred, who also represents Hutchins' sister, Svetlana Zemkoand, also explained why she's glad Hutchins' parents were not at the trial on Wednesday.

"Halyna's mom dad and sister all want to know what really happened to Halyna. In a way I'm glad they they're not here this morning because then they would've seen on the video what I saw, which is there beautiful Halyna being treated by medics and see her blonde hair," Allred explained. "You can see her being put on a stretcher. You can see a helicopter landing and she was put on that helicopter to be taken to a hospital, and she did not survive that bullet from Alec Baldwin's gun. That would've been the last time they ever saw her and that would've been hard. I think Olga would've had to run out of the courtroom. I don't think she could've [stood] seeing that."

Alec Baldwin speaks with his brother, actor Stephen Baldwin, during his criminal trial on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. - Getty

Baldwin is standing trial for one count of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his film in October 2021. If convicted, he faces up to 18 months in prison. The film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, was previously convicted and sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

Tuesday's pre-trial hearing concluded with the selection of 12 jurors and four alternates. On Wednesday, special prosecutor Erlinda Ocampo Johnson sought to paint Alec as careless in her opening statement.

"You will see him using this gun as a pointer to point at people, to point at things," she said via Court TV's livestream of the trial. "You will see him cock the hammer when he's not supposed to."

She added, "You will see him put his finger on the trigger when his finger is not supposed to be on the trigger. You will hear about numerous breaches of firearm safety with this defendant and this use of his firearm."

Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, embrace each other Wednesday at his criminal trial in Santa Fe, New Mexico. - Getty
Alec Baldwin and his brother, actor Stephen Baldwin. - Getty

Johnson concluded her opening statement by saying Alec acted in "reckless disregard" that cost Hutchins her life.

Alec's defense attorney, Alex Spiro, insisted in his opening statement that "the gun was double checked" and "verified it was a cold gun" and that Alec was never made aware that there was a live round in the revolver.

"It had been checked and double checked by those responsible for ensuring the gun was safe," Spiro said. "He did not tamper with it, he did not load it himself. He did not leave it unattended."

He added that "no actor in history" has "intercepted a live bullet from a prop gun" and that "no one could have imagined or expected an actor to do that," in response to the special prosecutor claiming in her opening statement that Alec "violated the cardinal rules of firearm safety" on the set of Rust.

Alec has repeatedly insisted he did not pull the trigger on the prop gun that killed Hutchins.