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Hannah Gutierrez-Reed found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in ‘Rust’ shooting trial

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Hannah Gutierrez-Reed found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in ‘Rust’ shooting trial

By Chloe Melas, Dana Griffin and Sumiko Moots – NBC News

After deliberating for two and a half hours, a New Mexico jury declared on Wednesday that the film’s gunsmith on “Rust,” Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, is guilty of involuntary manslaughter. She was, however, found not guilty of tampering with evidence.

The 26-year-old now faces up to three years in prison and will be sentenced at a later date. The judge ordered that Gutierrez-Reed be taken into custody and held until sentencing.

The trial, which lasted nearly two weeks, centered around the tragic 2021 shooting on the set of the film “Rust,” where actor Alec Baldwin wielded a prop gun that fired a live bullet, resulting in the death of the film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and injuring the director, Joel Souza.

During the prosecutor’s closing argument, Kari T. Morrissey told the jury that Gutierrez-Reed was negligent and did not think, emphasizing that she was more concerned about her career than the victims after the shooting.

In response, Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney, Jason Bowles, argued that prosecutors had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Gutierrez-Reed was responsible for bringing a live bullet to the set. He alleged that Baldwin was ultimately responsible for the tragedy.

The prosecution also called Baldwin “careless” and stated that he will have to answer for his conduct and lack of gun safety on set that day.

Throughout the trial, eyewitnesses testified, including Souza, who described the confusion following the shooting. He recalled Gutierrez-Reed repeatedly saying, “I’m sorry, Joel” after the incident.

Dave Halls, the film’s security coordinator, also testified, admitting to negligent use of a deadly weapon as part of a plea deal. He expressed regret for not checking the weapon thoroughly and acknowledged that he had skipped a security check.

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The trial shed light on the events leading up to the tragic incident on the set of “Rust” and highlighted the importance of gun safety in the film industry. Alec Baldwin’s trial is set to begin in July, with a statement from his legal team pending.

Overall, the trial underscored the need for accountability and safety measures on film sets to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

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