Armorer in ‘Rust’ Fatal Shooting Pleads Not Guilty to Unrelated Gun Charge

         

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the ‘Rust’ film set, has pleaded not guilty to carrying a gun into a Santa Fe bar in a separate case. She also faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and evidence tampering.

Arraignment Waived for Gun Charge

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the weapons supervisor on the ‘Rust’ film set, has waived her arraignment in a separate case where she pleaded not guilty to a charge of carrying a gun into a Santa Fe bar. Her attorneys opted to waive her appearance instead of appearing in court next week.

Unrelated Gun Charge and Pending Trial

The firearm charge against Gutierrez-Reed is unrelated to the ‘Rust’ shooting incident. It stems from an earlier incident where a witness reported that she was carrying a gun when she walked into a bar in downtown Santa Fe. In addition to the gun charge, Gutierrez-Reed is awaiting trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter and evidence tampering related to the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a rehearsal on the ‘Rust’ movie set.

Preparation for Trial and Subpoenas for Documents

As part of the trial preparation, special prosecutors have issued subpoenas for documents from the producers of ‘Rust’ and any audio and video recordings held by a Los Angeles film production company. These recordings may include Alec Baldwin on the set or his comments about the film elsewhere. Prosecutors have the option to repurpose the uncovered documents or records in the case against Gutierrez-Reed if a grand jury were to indict Baldwin.

Grand Jury and Prosecution Against Baldwin

Prosecutors plan to present evidence to a grand jury against Alec Baldwin in the fatal ‘Rust’ set shooting; however, the timing of this action is uncertain. The grand jury process lacks public access, and it involves prosecutors presenting evidence and witnesses without immediate vetting by defense counsel.

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