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Armorer Found Guilty In Rust Film Set Shooting Incident

"Rust" set armorer tried in death of cinematographer

The armorer on the Rust film set, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a New Mexico jury. The 26-year-old placed a live round in the gun used by Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal, resulting in the tragic death of cinematographer Helena Hutchins in October 2021.

Gutierrez-Reed's trial garnered widespread attention, especially within the entertainment industry, due to the potential precedent it could establish. While she did not directly fire the weapon or bring live ammunition to the set, prosecutors argued that as the weapons handler, she bore sole responsibility for weapon safety. Despite her defense claiming she was being scapegoated and shifting blame to the film production company and Baldwin, the jury found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Following the verdict, Gutierrez-Reed's attorney expressed disappointment and announced plans to appeal. The attorney representing Helena Hutchins' family welcomed the decision, emphasizing the importance of holding all responsible parties accountable for the tragedy.

Notably, Gutierrez-Reed is not the only individual facing charges in connection with the incident. Alec Baldwin also faces an involuntary manslaughter charge, to which he has pleaded not guilty. While the charges are separate, the outcome of Gutierrez-Reed's trial could impact Baldwin's upcoming trial.

Legal experts suggest that Baldwin's defense team may benefit from studying the evidence and arguments presented in Gutierrez-Reed's trial. They could use the verdict to argue Baldwin's innocence regarding gun safety on the set and highlight that another party has already been held responsible.

As the legal proceedings unfold in the coming months, the implications of Gutierrez-Reed's verdict on Baldwin's trial remain to be seen. The case continues to draw attention for its broader implications on accountability and safety in the film industry.

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