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Armourer who handed gun to Alec Baldwin found guilty over fatal movie set shooting

A jury has found Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the accidental 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The armourer who gave Alec Baldwin a gun on the set of the doomed movie Rust did not take the stand in her own defence during the trial, which lasted nearly two weeks.

The jury deliberated for 2.5 hours before delivering the verdict on Wednesday. She was found not guilty of evidence tampering.

Gutierrez-Reed did not react as the verdicts were read out, but appeared to be in disbelief when the judge ordered she be taken into custody.

Loved ones and supporters gathered in the Santa Fe courtroom were visibly upset. Her sentencing was set for April, but an exact date is to be determined. She faces up to 18 months in prison.

Actor and producer Alec Baldwin is also facing involuntary manslaughter charges related to the shooting. His trial will begin on 9 July.

Prosecutors said Gutierrez-Reed is to blame for unwittingly bringing live ammunition on set and that she flouted basic safety protocols for weapons handling.

The defence said she was unfairly scapegoated for problems beyond her control, including Mr Baldwin’s handling of the weapons.

Key Points

  • Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty of involuntary manslaughter

  • Judge orders Hannah-Gutierrez Reed to be taken into custody

  • Defence calls Hannah Gutierrez-Reed the ‘convenient fall person’

  • Witness shocks court by pointing unloaded gun at judge

  • When is Alec Baldwin’s trial?

Defence team’s last witness takes the stand

Wednesday 6 March 2024 17:10 , Andrea Cavallier

P.J. Pesce is the last witness to take the stand for the defence.

Mr Pesce, who is a writer and director is telling the jury about the movies he’s worked on, specifically movie sets where firearms were used.

What to expect next in ‘Rust’ trial

Wednesday 6 March 2024 17:14 , Andrea Cavallier

The judge discussed with the court what to expect next in today’s proceedings.

  • Defence will present its last witness

  • Closing arguments

  • Judge will read jury instructions

  • Alternates will be pulled aside and thanked for their tim

Pesce says he never worked a film where an armorer had to split duties

Wednesday 6 March 2024 17:15 , Andrea Cavallier

Pesce told the court on Wednesday that he has never worked a film where an armorer had to split duties as a prop master.

In order to maintain a safe set, he said it’s not only advisable but recommended to have daily safety meetings.

He also testified that weapons need to be tracked consistently.

Pesce says there’s a hotline, but reporting an unsafe set could put career in jeopardy

Wednesday 6 March 2024 17:22 , Andrea Cavallier

Pesce testified that there is a hotline crew members can call if they feel a set isn’t safe. But it’s something people often do.

“If you report something, you could put your career in jeopardy, and no one wants to do that,” he said.

Prosecution cross-examines witness

Wednesday 6 March 2024 17:25 , Andrea Cavallier

Prosecution is cross examining Pesce, who clarifies that anyone can call cut on set, including Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

It was mentioned that Gutierrez-Reed was not inside the church at the time of the shooting. She was out performing other armorer duties.

On redirect from defence, Pesce says that if there is a firearm on set, the armorer should also be on set. He is excused and the defence rests.

Defence rests in Hannah Gutierrez-Reed's trial

Wednesday 6 March 2024 17:28 , Andrea Cavallier

The defence rests in the Hannah Gutierrez-Reed trial following one last witness this morning.

The judge is now reading jury instructions to the jurors.

Closing arguments by both sides will follow before the jury is sent out to deliberate – which could be as early as this afternoon.

State begins closing arguments

Wednesday 6 March 2024 17:43 , Andrea Cavallier

Kari Morrisey giving the closing for the state.

She shows a photo of Halyna Hutchins to the court.

“We end exactly as we began, in the pursuit of justice for Halyna Hutchins,” she says.

‘We hear her, we see her – she says nothing’

Wednesday 6 March 2024 17:49 , Andrea Cavallier

Morrisey says Hannah Gutierrez-Reed failed to maintain proper safety on set.

She shows a series of photos with a stuntman holding a gun and pointing it at different people on set, including a child, and a camera. There is also a picture of Gutierrez-Reed holding a gun that is pointing at her face.

“We hear her, we see her,” Morrisey says about her being on set. “She says nothing.”

“I can't be responsible for every f****** stunt guy”

Wednesday 6 March 2024 17:53 , Andrea Cavallier

Morrissey shows a transcript of one of Gutierrez-Reed’s interviews.

“I can’t be responsible for every dickhead, f****** stunt guy that gets a hold of the gun and doesn’t understand it’s hot.”

Morrissey tells the the court that is exactly what her job responsibility is.

Jury shown photos to help identify live rounds

Wednesday 6 March 2024 18:02 , Andrea Cavallier

Morrissey displays a photo that shows Hannah Gutierrez-Reed holding a box of rounds.

“You are looking at live rounds,” she said.

She told jurors that any time the jury sees photos of ammunition with a silver primer, that is evidence of a live round.

The silver silver dummies didn’t arrive on set for another two days.

Morrissey says Gutierrez-Reed had ‘every opportunity’ to check box of dummies

Wednesday 6 March 2024 18:22 , Andrea Cavallier

Morrissey said it was understood that an armorer should not be expected to take on the duties of both an armorer and a prop master.

And that several witnesses testified that this wasn’t a good idea.

“But this was simply not the case,” she said, referring to the day of the fatal shooting.

“She had three hours in the morning waiting for the camera crew,” she added.

“She had every opportunity to go through that box of dummies. How long does it take to shake each and every one of them - 10 minutes max? That’s not hard.”

Alec Baldwin will have to answer for his conduct – but not today

Wednesday 6 March 2024 18:29 , Andrea Cavallier

Morrissey comments on the defence placing the blame on others, including actor Alec Baldwin, who they accused of acting like a prima donna on set.

“This is Hollywood for heaven’s sake. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying his conduct was right. I am the person who indicted him,” she said.

“Baldwin’s conduct in that church, on that day is something he will have to answer for - not with you, not today.”

“That will be with another jury on another day,” she added.

The 60,000 question: Who brought the live rounds on set?

Wednesday 6 March 2024 18:33 , Andrea Cavallier

“I’m not telling you Hannah intended to bring live rounds on set,” she said. “She was careless, thoughtless,” she added, naming some of the witnesses who said they never saw her shake the dummy rounds to test them.

“She didn’t shake those dummy rounds,” she said. “For all we know those rounds came from the Old Way (another movie set).

“Nicholas Cage is lucky to have walked away with his life.”

State describes Hutchins’ lethal injuries and says Gutierrez was only worried about her career

Wednesday 6 March 2024 18:38 , Andrea Cavallier

“That bullet went into her body, went through her rib, severed her spinal cord, punctured her lung, came out the back of her shoulder and a few hours later, Ms Gutierrez is... worried about her career,” she said referring to Gutierrez’s comments she made hours after the shooting.

Court takes 15-minute recess

Wednesday 6 March 2024 18:41 , Andrea Cavallier

The state has wrapped the first portion of closing arguments.

The defence is next. But first the court is taking a 15-minute recess.

After the defence has their turn, the state said they will be asking for justice for Halyna Hutchins.

Defence is now giving closing arguments

Wednesday 6 March 2024 19:03 , Andrea Cavallier

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s defence attorney is now giving his closing arguments.

“This is her day in court,” Bowles says.

Defence says state has not ruled out reasonable doubt

Wednesday 6 March 2024 19:08 , Andrea Cavallier

Defence attorney Jason Bowles said it’s extremely important that the government rule out every reasonable doubt.

He said Sarah Zachary threw away rounds after the shooting – and argued that is reasonable doubt to the accuracy of the state’s argument.

Defence calls Hannah Gutierrez-Reed the ‘convenient fall person’

Wednesday 6 March 2024 19:19 , Andrea Cavallier

Bowles said  Gutierrez-Reed was ganged up on and became the “convenient fall person” in the shooting.

“That’s what happened in this case,” he said. “You had a production company on a shoestring budget, an A-list actor (Baldwin) calling all the shots. In the end, they had someone they could all blame.”

He also pointed out that OSHA made an official determination that this was a production and management issue.

“The buck stops with production.”

Defence plays video of Alec Baldwin firing blank after ‘cut’ was yelled

Wednesday 6 March 2024 19:26 , Andrea Cavallier

Bowles played a clip from a video of a scene that shows Alec Baldwin firing a blank after “cut” was yelled.

He pointed out that Mr Baldwin “went off script” and chose to fire after “cut” was yelled.

“And he did it again,” he said, adding that it was not in the script to point the weapon.

Defence wraps closing arguments

Wednesday 6 March 2024 19:56 , Andrea Cavallier

Bowles ended his closing arguments saying that “Justice for Halyna does not mean injustice for Hannah.”

He made a few last points arguing that Gutierrez-Reed could not anticipate what Baldwin would do when he went off script and that management was responsible for safety failures.

He said Gutierrez-Reed is a scapegoat for all the failures.

“Justice for Halyna does not mean injustice for Hannah. It does not mean they get to steamroll her and get to spin their version of facts and call it truth. Because that’s not true.”

State’s final argument to the jury

Wednesday 6 March 2024 20:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Morrissey has another chance to speak to the jury.

She tells the court that she knows Gutierrez-Reed didn’t know there was a live round on set.

“If she knew, she wouldn’t be charged with involuntary manslaughter, she’d be charged with second-degree murder,” she said.

Morrissey then adds that Gutierrez-Reed didn’t know there were live rounds on set because of her own negligence, recklessness, and willful disregard for the safety of other people.

“It is shocking for Mr. Bowles to come up to this podium and say it wasn’t foreseeable that Alec Baldwin would go off…”

“It is her job to say to an A-list actor, ‘hey, you can’t behave that way with those firearms.’ That is her job. That is what they pay her for. That is the job that she applied for. That is the job that she accepted.”

“This is 100 percent foreseeable.”

State wraps closing arguments and calls for a guilty verdict and justice for Halyna Hutchins

Wednesday 6 March 2024 20:18 , Andrea Cavallier

“This is 100% foreseeable. Ms Gutierrez  is not a scapegoat, she is not being treated as a scapegoat. Mr Halls was charged criminally, Mr. Baldwin has been indicted. She is not being scapegoated, she is being treated like everyone else. She is not being given a break because she is a woman or because she is young because that’s not how the law works.”

Morrissey then goes over the jury instructions in an attempt to clarify reasonable doubt.

“When you are back there talking about doubt, make sure it’s a reasonable one under these set of circumstances.”

She then asks the jury for a guilty verdict and asks them to bring justice to Halyna Hutchins. Jury will now begin deliberations.

Jury begins deliberations in ‘Rust’ trial

Wednesday 6 March 2024 20:21 , Andrea Cavallier

Closing arguments wrapped on Wednesday afternoon in the trial of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

The jury was sent out of the courtroom at 1.20pmMT/3.20pmET to begin deliberations.

She is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the fatal 2021 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed leaves court while jurors deliberate her fate

Wednesday 6 March 2024 21:50 , Andrea Cavallier

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was seen walking out of court in New Mexico on Wednesday following closing arguments.

Jurors are now deliberating on whether find her guilty or not guilty on the charges of involuntary manslaughter and evidence tampering in connection to the accidental 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Four possible verdicts for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed

Wednesday 6 March 2024 22:20 , Andrea Cavallier

There are four possible verdicts in the first count of involuntary manslaughter.

Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer said Gutierrez could be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, guilty of negligent use of a firearm or not guilty of negligent use of a firearm.

A lesser, misdemeanor charge of negligent use of a firearm is included in the first count of involuntary manslaughter.

The jurors will only deliberate on the negligent use of a firearm charge if they find Gutierrez not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, the judge said during jury instructions.

A second charge against Gutierrez-Reed of evidence tampering stems from accusations that she handed a small bag of possible narcotics to another crew member after the shooting to avoid detection.

The felony charges against Gutierrez-Reed carry a possible sentence of up to three years in prison.

Jury has a question

Wednesday 6 March 2024 22:32 , Andrea Cavallier

The jury has alerted the judge that they have a question.

They have been deliberating for about two hours.

Jury back to deliberating

Wednesday 6 March 2024 22:40 , Andrea Cavallier

The jury has a question about the language of instruction 20.

The judge told the jurors there wasn’t anything that could be done to help decipher that phrase in the paragraph, according to NewsnNation’s Alex Caprariello who is in the courtroom.

Verdict reached after 2.5 hours

Wednesday 6 March 2024 23:00 , Andrea Cavallier

The jury has reached a verdict in the Hannah Gutierrez-Reed trial after 2.5 hours of deliberating.

The courtroom is filling up as we wait for the jury.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is now in the courtroom

Wednesday 6 March 2024 23:08 , Andrea Cavallier

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has entered the courtroom to hear the verdict in her case.

Court will resume shortly.

Jury finds Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Wednesday 6 March 2024 23:12 , Andrea Cavallier

A jury has found Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty of involuntary manslaughter and not guilty of evidence tampering.

The jury comes 2.5 hours of deliberations.

Juror says Gutierrez-Reed guilty verdict was ‘fair'

01:06 , Mike Bedigan

Juror Alberto Sanchez said that he believed the decision to find Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty on the charge of involuntary manslaughter was “fair”.

Speaking outside the court following the verdict, Mr Sanchez explained how the jury had reached its verdict in the trial in less than three hours.

“There were a lot of safety issues, she could have paused, stopped and cleared it up,” he said. “[She] never did the safety checks...if you’d have done that this would not have happened.”

Asked how he felt about the decision he replied: “I think it was fair and... someone died, I mean, you gotta take responsibility, especially when you’re handling weapons and you’re in charge of those, that’s your job.

“And lack of experience or whatver you want to call it, you took the job.”

Alec Baldwin did not play a part in juror deliberations

01:30 , Mike Bedigan

The role of Alec Baldwin, who served as the star and producer of the “Rust” movie, did not factor into the decision to convict armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed of involuntary manslaughter, a juror in the case has said.

Ms Gutierrez-Reed was found guilty of one charge on Wednesday, though a separate charge of tampering with evidence was dismissed.

During the trial, it was announced that Mr Baldwin’s trial – in which he is also charged with involuntary manslaughter – will begin on 9 July.

Speaking outside court following the verdict, juror Alberto Sanchez was asked if Mr Baldwin or other members of the film’s production team had played a part in the deliberations.

“They’re gonna have their day [in court] so we really didn’t take that into consideration, it wasn’t part of it,” Mr Sanchez said.

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin

In pictures: The trial of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed

02:00 , Mike Bedigan

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed (center) talks with her attorney Jason Bowles (right) and her defense team during the trial against her in First District Court, in Santa Fe, N.M. on Friday, March, 1, 2024 (via REUTERS)
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed (center) talks with her attorney Jason Bowles (right) and her defense team during the trial against her in First District Court, in Santa Fe, N.M. on Friday, March, 1, 2024 (via REUTERS)
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(AP)
Alec Baldwin Set Shooting
Alec Baldwin Set Shooting
‘Rust’ director Joel Souza
‘Rust’ director Joel Souza
BALDWIN-MUERTE EN EL SET (AP)
BALDWIN-MUERTE EN EL SET (AP)

Watch: Rust armorer was ’worried about her career' after death of Halyna Hutchins

02:30 , Mike Bedigan

ICYMI: Armourer who handed gun to Alec Baldwin in fatal Rust movie set shooting found guilty

03:30 , Mike Bedigan

The jury deliberated for 2.5 hours before delivering the verdict against Hannah Gutierrez-Reed on Wednesday, in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Read the full story here:

Armourer who handed gun to Alec Baldwin in Rust movie set shooting found guilty

‘A bunch of f****** bull****’ – family member reacts to verdict

04:15 , Mike Bedigan

Following the verdict, the judge ordered that Hannah-Gutierrez Reed to be taken into custody, with family members of the armourer sobbing.

Gutierrez-Reed appeared to be in disbelief as she removed her necklace and blew a kiss to her family as she was escorted out of the room by two deputies.

Seconds later, a family member screamed out loud as she walks out of the courtroom: “Stacked from the very get-go! It’s a bunch of f****** bull****!” NewsNation’s Alex Caprariello reported.

 (AP)
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 (AP)
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Defence ‘disappointed’ in today’s outcome

05:00 , Mike Bedigan

Defence Attorney Jason Bowles says he is disappointed in today’s outcome and plans to appeal the decision, he said outside the courthouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Watch: Witness states set armorer on ‘Rust’ set handed her cocaine to ‘look after’ following shooting

07:00 , Mike Bedigan

What happened to Halyna Hutchins?

09:00 , Mike Bedigan

On the day of the shooting, Baldwin was rehearsing a scene in which he was required to draw his weapon and aim it toward the camera.

Ms Gutierrez-Reed had prepared a trio of guns for use in the scene, including two guns that could not fire rounds, and a fully-operational replica of a Colt 45 revolver.

At some point during his draw and explanation, the revolver fired. The bullet struck Halyna Hutchins in the chest, exited her body, and then hit Mr Souza, who was behind her.

First responders transported Hutchins to a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, close to where the film was being shot. She was pronounced dead later that same day. Mr Souza survived.

It was later discovered that a live round had been loaded into the pistol Baldwin used on set that day.

Halyna Hutchins (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Halyna Hutchins (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed remains emotionless as guilty verdict read out

11:00 , Mike Bedigan

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed remained emotionless as she was convicted of involuntary manslaghter.

Her loved ones, meanwhile, cried in the public gallery. Following the verdict the judge ordered that the armourer be remanded in custody, with a sentence date to be set later.

 (AP)
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Juror says Gutierrez-Reed guilty verdict was ‘fair'

12:00 , Mike Bedigan

Juror Alberto Sanchez said that he believed the decision to find Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty on the charge of involuntary manslaughter was “fair”.

Speaking outside the court following the verdict, Mr Sanchez explained how the jury had reached its verdict in the trial in less than three hours.

“There were a lot of safety issues, she could have paused, stopped and cleared it up,” he said. “[She] never did the safety checks...if you’d have done that this would not have happened.”

Asked how he felt about the decision he replied: “I think it was fair and... someone died, I mean, you gotta take responsibility, especially when you’re handling weapons and you’re in charge of those, that’s your job.

“And lack of experience or whatver you want to call it, you took the job.”

When is Alec Baldwin’s trial?

13:00 , Mike Bedigan

The trial of Alec Baldwin, who is facing manslaughter charges in the shooting death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, will begin on 9 July with jury selection.

Opening statements by special prosecutors and the actor’s defense attorneys will take place the following day, and proceedings are expected to last eight days.

Baldwin, the lead actor and a co-producer on the film, pleaded not guilty in January, the day before he was scheduled to be arraigned.

A grand jury had indicted him after prosecutors received a new analysis of the revolver he was using during filming, renewing a charge that prosecutors originally filed and then dismissed in April 2023.

 (Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office)
(Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office)

ICYMI: ‘Rust’ armorer found guilty of manslaughter in fatal shooting of cinematographer

14:00 , Mike Bedigan

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armourer who gave Alec Baldwin a gun on the set of the doomed movie Rust has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the accidental 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Gutierrez-Reed, 26, did not take the stand in her own defence during the trial, which lasted nearly two weeks.

She was also charged with evidence tampering, but was found not guilty on this charge.

Read more here:

‘Rust’ armorer found guilty of manslaughter in fatal shooting of cinematographer

Halyna Hutchins’ family responds to conviction of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed

15:00 , Andrea Cavallier

The family of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins welcomed the manslaughter conviction of movie armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed in her fatal shooting by actor Alec Baldwin.

The parents and sister of the late cinematographer said they “always wanted everyone who is responsible for Halyna’s death to be held accountable”.

“Today was the first trial and conviction in the criminal justice process,” said Hutchins’ parents, Olga Solovey and Anatolli Androsovych, and her sister, Svetlana Zemko, in a statement issued through their attorney.

“We are satisfied that the jury, based on the evidence, found Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty beyond a reasonable doubt for her part in the taking of Halyna’s life.

‌”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,” they said, according to their lawyers Gloria Allred and John Carpenter.

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Halyna Hutchins’ family welcomes conviction of Rust armourer for fatal set shooting