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Rust armorer found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of DP Halyna Hutchins

Mar 7, 2024

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer for the film Rust, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for her role in the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October 2021.

Hutchins was fatally shot on set by Alec Baldwin while the actor was rehearsing a scene for the film in New Mexico, who also faces a manslaughter trial over the fatality.

Gutierrez-Reed was found not guilty of a second charge – tampering with evidence, although the 26-year-old could now face up to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors said Gutierrez-Reed had failed to ensure the weapon was only loaded with dummy rounds – fake bullets used to look and sound like real ones.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

“This case is about constant, never-ending safety failures that resulted in the death of a human being,” prosecutor Kari T Morrissey said during closing arguments on Wednesday.

Ms Hutchins’ parents and her sister said they were “satisfied” with the verdict.

Their statement added: “We look forward to the justice system continuing to make sure that everyone else who is responsible for Halyna’s death is required to face the legal consequences for their actions.”

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