Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the weapons specialist on the set of the film “Rust” where a tragic accident involving a firearm led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, has entered a plea of not guilty for charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. The trial, presided over by District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer, is scheduled to occur between December 6 and 15, 2023, with jury selection commencing on December 5.
The unfortunate incident occurred in October 2021 on the set of the Western film “Rust” in New Mexico. During a scene, actor Alec Baldwin unintentionally discharged a gun, causing Hutchins’ death and injuring director Joel Souza. Gutierrez Reed held the responsibility of overseeing the weapons used during production.
While awaiting trial, Gutierrez Reed must comply with various conditions. These include abstaining from firearms possession, alcohol consumption, and revisiting the location where the incident transpired. Furthermore, she is prohibited from purchasing, selling, consuming, or possessing illegal drugs and must consent to drug or alcohol testing whenever requested.
Notably, the dropping of involuntary manslaughter charges against Baldwin arose from the emergence of new findings, necessitating further investigation. Although the criminal case against him has been closed, Baldwin still faces civil lawsuits in connection with the unfortunate incident.