Jury delivers guilty verdict for armorer in deadly Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ case

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film “Rust” in October 2021. Despite facing allegations of evidence tampering related to a supposed cocaine exchange, the jury acquitted her of this charge. 

The verdict came swiftly from a Santa Fe County jury after less than three hours of deliberation, leading to Gutierrez-Reed’s immediate custody pending sentencing, where she could face up to 18 months in prison.

As the film’s armorer, Gutierrez-Reed was responsible for the firearms used on set. The prosecution argued that her negligence in allowing live ammunition to mix with prop rounds directly led to the tragic incident, where a live bullet discharged from a revolver held by Alec Baldwin resulted in Hutchins’ untimely death. 

Baldwin, who faces similar charges, has pled not guilty, with his trial set for July.

The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office has expressed its dedication to seeking justice for Hutchins’ family, highlighting the thorough investigation that underpinned the prosecution’s case. The trial featured extensive testimonies and evidence, educating jurors on firearms handling in film productions. 

The defense likened Gutierrez-Reed’s mistake to a medical error, asserting her innocence due to the lack of willful disregard for safety. However, the prosecution countered by presenting evidence suggesting Gutierrez-Reed was the source of the live ammunition found on set, criticizing her professionalism and safety protocols. 

The jury also had the option to consider a lesser charge related to negligent firearm use, but ultimately convicted Gutierrez-Reed of involuntary manslaughter.


9 thoughts on “Jury delivers guilty verdict for armorer in deadly Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ case”

  1. she HAD to be found guilty , no matter what , that way it will give balwin cover when HIS trial rolls around …………….. IF it ever does , still plenty of palms he can grease and backs he can scratch to get away with murder .

    1. So true. S@#t rolls downhill, so she had to be found guilty (someone had to be guilty) so Baldwin could be “not guilty”).

  2. the whole story is sad, sad, sad. It teaches us that dealing with guns/weapons everyone is loaded and with live rounds. Yes there were rules most folks that work with guns/weapons always follow and are like freaked out that safety procedures were not followed. This is where experts come to mind, not all experts are experts. When the state of NM has experts they are folks that will give the opinions the far left want. There is no amount of payment or time in jail that will bring back the life lost. But it does remind us to be safe, unlike the gun laws our corrupt Marxist Santa Fe politicians are pushing of disarming citizens that follow laws and letting lawbreakers do what the hell they want without persecution. Please realize that as much as Alec Baldwin is a total POS, he did not intentionally kill anyone, was he negligent, did he hire the wrong person, did he allow common sense rules to not be followed, yes to all, but it was unintentional and as much as I would like to see him rot the rest of his life a way in prison, he may have been neglect but he is not a murderer, a POS, but not a murderer.

  3. Marcello T Hinojosa

    Not surprised. New Mexico and Hollywood cover for Baldwin. Remember the movie industry brings big money to New Mexico.

  4. Baldwin isn’t accused of murder. He is accused of involuntary manslaughter, and he should be convicted.

  5. Convict Baldwin! If you touch a weapon capable of killing, it is up to you to verify its condition – no exceptions, Alec.

  6. I feel sorry for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the one item which was never discussed was her training. Her training would fall directly on Baldwin the producer of the film. I am a retired USAF Munitions specialist, the blame rests firmly on her supervision, just like it would in the military on the Sergeant. No justice was done in this case.

  7. BALDWIN is the one guilty here! If I handed you a screwdriver and you proceeded to stab someone with it, should I be at fault for giving you the screwdriver? Because the logic is the same.

    Baldwin is a smug %$#& whose first response to the shooting of a woman he insisted was a friend was to speed dial his lawyer. He also deemed himself not to need to firearm and safety training that was mandatory for everyone else on that set. What he did was completely disregard the #1 rule of firearm safety that every gun owner already knows, which is to treat every gun as if it is loaded and not point it at people. And like the weak male and unethical human that he is, he fought to pin the charge on a young girl rather than take the blame and consequences for what he did.

    This was not going to be a fair trial and we all knew it. Movies are big bucks for New Mexico and our liberal judges and legislators wouldn’t dare hold any Hollywood person accountable. Money talks here. It’s also why Epstein’s deeds at the ranch were ignored and excused, and why we have two Maxwell employees sitting as Congress and House reps.

  8. Guilty of involuntary manslaughter? Guilty of negligence YES. at minimum 3 are guilty of negligence and ALL of them should be held accountable. the armorer, the assistant director, (the one who immediately took a plea deal like someone who has something to hide), and Baldwin should take both a negligence and MANSLAUGHTER!! There are still too many “what-if’s” and questionable time frames of who set the gun up with live rounds while it was laying unattended, how long was that assistant director out of sight whilst handling the gun, and NO ONE did a safety check of the gun before handing it to the next person,who ultimately handed it to Baldwin who had NO experience with guns. 3 people should have cleared that gun!! I’ll bargain the young lady with the least amount of money to defend herself will be the SCAPEGOAT for the Hollyweird elite!

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