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Armorer Pleads Not Guilty In Rust Movie Shooting Case

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed attends trial after Rust shooting in Santa Fe

The trial of the Rust movie armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who has pleaded not guilty to charges in the 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Helena Hutchins, is currently underway. The incident occurred during a rehearsal on a movie ranch outside of Santa Fe, where actor and producer Alec Baldwin was pointing the gun at Hutchins when it went off, resulting in her tragic death.

The focus of the trial is on determining whether Gutierrez-Reed, as the armorer responsible for firearm safety on the set, should be held accountable for the fatal discharge of the weapon. Prosecutors have highlighted multiple safety violations, alleging negligence on Gutierrez-Reed's part for failing to prevent them, which ultimately led to the death of Hutchins and the injury of another individual.

Gutierrez-Reed's defense team, while acknowledging negligence, has shifted blame to the production company, emphasizing a rushed environment focused on completing the task quickly for financial reasons. They have also pointed fingers at Alec Baldwin, highlighting his alleged violation of basic gun safety rules.

The trial centers on determining the armorer's responsibility for the fatal weapon discharge.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed pleads not guilty in the shooting death of Helena Hutchins.
Prosecutors allege multiple safety violations and negligence on Gutierrez-Reed's part.

Alec Baldwin, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, will face trial later this summer. Legal analysts suggest that the ongoing trial of Gutierrez-Reed could benefit Baldwin's defense team by allowing them to observe the prosecution's case, witnesses, and evidence presentation, providing valuable insights and additional time to prepare for their own trial.

The trial proceedings have garnered significant attention, particularly within the entertainment industry, due to the potential precedent it could set regarding accountability for on-set safety practices. As closing arguments wrap up and the jury prepares to deliberate, the outcome of Gutierrez-Reed's trial may have implications for the subsequent trial of Alec Baldwin.

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