Jury finds 'Rust' armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty of involuntary manslaughter

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SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico assemblage recovered "Rust" armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty of involuntary manslaughter and not blameworthy of tampering pinch grounds connected Wednesday aft deliberating for astir 2 and a half hours.

The 26-year-old faces up to 3 years successful authorities situation and will beryllium sentenced astatine a later date. A judge ordered that Gutierrez-Reed beryllium taken into custody and held until her sentencing.

The astir two-week criminal proceedings centered astir nan 2021 shooting connected nan "Rust" movie group successful which character Alec Baldwin held a prop gun that fired a unrecorded information of ammunition, sidesplitting nan film's cinematographer, Haylna Hutchins. The slug besides injured head Joel Souza.

During nan prosecution's closing arguments connected Wednesday, Kari T. Morrissey told nan assemblage that Gutierrez-Reed "was negligent, she was careless, she was thoughtless."

Morrissey besides said that pursuing nan fatal shooting, nan 27-year-old armorer was much “worried astir her career” and little astir nan victims.

But Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney, Jason Bowles said that nan prosecutors had not proved beyond a reasonable uncertainty that Gutierrez-Reed was responsible for bringing unrecorded rounds onto nan group and alleged that Baldwin was yet responsible for Hutchins's death.

“I taxable to you what caused her decease is Mr. Baldwin going disconnected script. No 1 ever knew location would beryllium a unrecorded information connected set. The only enactment is nan pointing of nan weapon. Ms Gutierrez didn’t constituent that weapon,” Bowles said.

The prosecution besides called retired Baldwin, arsenic a "prima donna."

"Alec Baldwin’s behaviour and his deficiency of weapon information successful nan religion that time is thing he’s going to person to reply for ... Not pinch you not today, that’s for different assemblage for different day.”

NBC News has reached retired to nan actor's ineligible squad for comment. His criminal proceedings originates successful July.

Throughout nan trial, a bid of eyewitnesses who were connected group took nan stand, including Souza, who recounted what it was for illustration to beryllium changeable and nan disorder that ensued.

“Nothing made sense,” Souza said past week. He said he remembered looking up astatine Gutierrez-Reed aft nan incident and proceeding her many times say, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, Joel.”

Souza described nan emotion of being changeable arsenic though personification had “taken a shot bat to my shoulder.”

But he said he did not recognize he had been injured by a unrecorded information of ammunition, and erstwhile aesculapian unit informed him astatine nan hospital, “It could not compute for me,” Souza said.

Dave Halls, who was nan film’s information coordinator and pleaded nary title to negligent usage of a deadly limb past twelvemonth arsenic portion of a plea deal, also took nan stand. His grounds was nan first clip he had spoken publically astir what happened that day. An affectional Halls testified that he should person checked nan weapon much thoroughly, admitting that he “did an improper cheque of that firearm.”

Halls went connected to opportunity that he did not callback seeing Gutierrez-Reed rotation nan full cylinder astir to guarantee each bullets were dummy rounds. While wiping distant tears he said, “I fto a information cheque pass.”

During opening statements, typical charismatic Jason Lewis called Gutierrez-Reed’s behaviour connected nan “Rust” group “sloppy” and “unprofessional.”

“We judge that it was nan negligent acts and failures of nan suspect ... that contributed to Ms. Hutchins’ death,” he said.

Dana Griffin and Sumiko Moots reported from Santa Fe, and Chloe Melas from New York City.

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