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Rust trial live: Opening arguments begin for ‘sloppy’ armorer who handed Alec Baldwin gun on set

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The prosecution gave its opening statements this morning in the high-profile trial of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armourer on the set of the film “Rust” who faces involuntary manslaughter charges in the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Prosecutor Jason Lewis said witnesses would attest to Gutierrez-Reed being “unprofessional and sloppy”, and called it “incomprehensible” that live ammuniton was found on the set.

Gutierrez-Reed has been charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of tampering with evidence. She has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

Ms Hutchins was killed when the film’s star and producer, Alec Baldwin, accidentally shot her during a rehersal using a replica gun that had been inexplicably loaded with live ammunition. Baldwin, who is also facing involuntary manslaughter charges, has pointed to Gutierrez-Reed as the individual responsible for the on-set tragedy, while she has accused Baldwin of running a chaotic set with little concern for safety training.

Seven men and five women were selected for the jury, and will ultimately decide the fate of the 26-year-old.

Prosecutors have accused Gutierrez-Reed of using alcohol and cocaine on the night before the shooting, citing text messages between the armourer and her friends. The evidence tampering charge she is facing is tied to her alleged drug use; prosecutors believe she instructed a friend to hide cocaine for her while police were searching the Rust set.

In addition to focusing on her alleged drug use, prosecutors will likely try to convince the jury that Gutierrez-Reed is responsible for bringing live ammunition to the set and for loading it into the weapon used on the day Ms Hutchins died.

If convicted, she faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for each count she faces.

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Prosecution explains evidence tampering charge

The prosecution laid out a brief explanation of its argument that Gutierrez-Reed tampered with evidence.

Prosecutor Jason Lewis argued that after the shooting, Gutierrez-Lewis returned to a hotel room and gave a colleague a bag of cocaine, and told that individual to hold onto it for her.

The crewmate reportedly was shocked by the request and disposed of the drugs they had allegedly been given by Gutierrez-Reed.

The prosecution further claimed that Gutierrez-Reed texted the crewmate over the following days, asking them to “return her stuff.”

Graig Graziosi22 February 2024 17:28

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Prosecutor says ‘incomprehensible’ that live ammunition ended up on ‘Rust’ set, calls Gutierrez-Reed ‘unprofessional’ and ‘sloppy’

During opening arguments, prosecutor Jason Lewis said live ammunition never should have been on the set of “Rust,” and that answering the question as to how the ammo ended up there would be a key element of their case against armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

Gutierrez-Reed has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and a count of evidence tampering.

“The prospect of live ammunition ending up on a film set is incomprehensible,” he said. He further claimed that the state’s witnesses would attest to Gutierrez-Reed being “unprofessional and sloppy” on set, and that she “routinely left guns and ammunition around the set unattended.”

Graig Graziosi22 February 2024 17:15

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Opening statements begin — prosecution seeks to answer two questions

The prosecution opened the trial against “Rust” armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed by saying it planned to answer two questions.

The first: what led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins?

The second: how did live ammunition end up on the film’s set?

Graig Graziosi22 February 2024 17:06

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Judge Mary Marlowe Summer says trial expected to last months

Judge Mary Marlowe Summer said the involuntary manslaughter trial of “Rust” armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed could last for months.

While she was giving instructions before the trial began on Wednesday, the judge said the trial is expected to last through 8 March, and will run every day except for weekends.

Graig Graziosi22 February 2024 16:35

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ICYMI: Jury selection for trial of “Rust” armorer in fatal 2021 shooting by Alec Baldwin

Prosecutors in New Mexico want more accountability for the 2021 death of a cinematographer who was fatally shot by actor Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal for the Western film “Rust.”

Before Baldwin’s case progresses, the armorer on the set will be tried on charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. Jury selection in Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s trial starts today in Santa Fe.

Gutierrez-Reed has pleaded not guilty to the charges and tains she’s not directly to blame for Halyna Hutchins‘ death. Baldwin also has pleaded not guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge in a separate case.

Graig Graziosi22 February 2024 16:30

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Opening arguments delayed as juror stuck in traffic

“Rust” armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s involuntary manslaughter trial will begin today, just a little later than expected.

A juror reportedly got stuck in traffic on the way to the court house.

KOB4 reporter Spencer Schnact, who is covering the trial, said an accident in Santa Fe apparently stalled the juror.

Graig Graziosi22 February 2024 16:17

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ICYMI: Alec Baldwin pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in renewed Rust shooting case

The actor filed a waiver of arraignment on Wednesday (31 January), choosing to plead not guilty a day before a scheduled virtual appearance in the state district court of Santa Fe, New Mexico, which will no longer take place.

Baldwin, the lead actor and a co-producer on the Western movie, was pointing a prop gun at Hutchins during a rehearsal outside Santa Fe in October 2021 when the gun went off, discharging a real bullet that killed her and wounded director Joel Souza.

A grand jury in Santa Fe indicted Baldwin in January after prosecutors received a new analysis of that gun, renewing a charge that prosecutors originally filed and then dismissed in April 2023. Baldwin faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted. READ MORE:

Graig Graziosi22 February 2024 16:01

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Watch live: Alec Baldwin’s Rust armourer faces involuntary manslaughter trial

Graig Graziosi22 February 2024 15:40

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ICYMI: Watch view from court as jurors selected in trial of Rust set armourer

Graig Graziosi22 February 2024 15:28

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Woman who gave Alec Baldwin a loaded gun on doomed ‘Rust’ set heads to trial. What we know so far

On 21 October 2021, a film crew was shooting scenes in New Mexico for the now infamous western.

The prop gun fired and a real bullet struck Hutchins. She died from her injuries.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was working as the set’s armourer — responsible for the tenance, storage, and use of weapons and firearms on the production.

Following Hutchins’ death, both Ms Gutierrez-Reed and Baldwin were hit with charges.

Graig Graziosi22 February 2024 14:57

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