Defense Claims Mismanagement in Baldwin Case; Prosecutors Allege Weapons Specialist was Intoxicated

by Ethan Kim
weapons expert

Prosecutors have claimed that the armorer on the set of the movie where actor Alec Baldwin accidentally killed a cinematographer, was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana during the evenings of filming for “Rust”. The prosecution alleges that she was possibly hungover when she inadvertently loaded a live round into the revolver used by Baldwin.

These allegations were made in response to a motion submitted by attorneys for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed last month, requesting the dismissal of her involuntary manslaughter charge. Prosecutors maintain that Gutierrez-Reed has a past of negligent behavior, arguing that it is in the public’s interest for her to face accountability.

On Tuesday, Jason Bowles, legal representative for Gutierrez-Reed, accused the prosecution of mishandling the case. He stated to The Big Big News, “Such is the weakness of their case that they’ve resorted to character defamation tactics against Hannah. It seems the prosecution has forsaken the pursuit of truth and justice.”

A preliminary hearing for Gutierrez-Reed is set for August. At that time, a judge is anticipated to determine whether there is sufficient cause for her charge to proceed.

In their rebuttal, prosecutors also indicated their intent to decide within the upcoming two months whether to refile charges against Baldwin, contingent on the examination results of the firearm and its defective sear. These items have been sent for additional testing to a state-appointed independent expert.

In April, the involuntary manslaughter charge against Baldwin, who also served as a producer on the movie, was dropped. This was due to prosecutors discovering new evidence and needing more time to conduct an investigation.

During an October 2021 rehearsal on the New Mexico film set, Baldwin inadvertently fired a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, causing her death and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.

Defense lawyers for Gutierrez-Reed had argued in their motion that the prosecution was influenced by inappropriate political motives. They claimed that Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and the initial special prosecutor Andrea Reeb exploited the tragic on-set accident that led to Hutchins’ death to further their personal agendas.

The defense further asserts that the FBI’s testing of the gun, which resulted in permanent damage before their own examination, constituted destruction of evidence and breached the court’s discovery rules. They also argued that the specific prosecution of Gutierrez-Reed breached the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Special prosecutors appointed after Reeb’s resignation countered these accusations in their reply, stating, “There is no element of selectiveness in this prosecution”.

While admitting that the origin of the live ammunition found on set remains unknown, prosecutors assert their continued efforts to find the source and maintain that the investigation is still underway. They also hint at the possibility that Gutierrez-Reed may be implicated, potentially leading to additional charges. The filing, however, did not provide specifics regarding this evidence.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Alec Baldwin Case

What are the allegations against the weapons supervisor on the Alec Baldwin film set?

The weapons supervisor, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, is being accused by prosecutors of being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana during the filming of “Rust”. They allege that she was likely hungover when she loaded a live bullet into the revolver that Baldwin fired, killing a cinematographer.

What do Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys seek?

Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys have filed a motion seeking to dismiss her involuntary manslaughter charge. They argue that the prosecution is tainted by improper political motives and have also accused the prosecution of mishandling the case.

What charges were dismissed against Alec Baldwin?

The involuntary manslaughter charge against Alec Baldwin was dismissed in April. Baldwin was also a producer on the film and was pointing a gun at the cinematographer during a rehearsal when the gun discharged.

What does the defense claim about the handling of the gun evidence?

The defense asserts that the FBI’s testing of the gun, which resulted in permanent damage before the defense could examine it, constituted destruction of evidence and breached the court’s discovery rules.

What are the prosecution’s plans regarding possible further charges?

The prosecution has indicated an intent to decide within the upcoming two months whether to refile charges against Baldwin, depending on the analysis results of the firearm and its broken sear. They also suggest that Gutierrez-Reed herself may be implicated, potentially leading to more charges.

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moviefan21 June 14, 2023 - 4:46 am

Gutierrez-Reed was drunk?? and on set?!? that’s unprofessional, that ain’t supposed to happen on a film set, smh…

RebeccaL June 14, 2023 - 7:32 am

i’m not a legal expert or anything, but something about this case just doesnt sit right with me, you know? Why they’re not checking the gun everytime?

AnnaR1980 June 14, 2023 - 9:13 am

Honestly, all this just sounds like a tragedy that could’ve been avoided…praying for all involved, esp Hutchins’ family. So sad.

Tommy74 June 14, 2023 - 9:40 pm

Man this is just a mess… Who was supposed to check on the armorer? Baldwin or someone else? They need to get their act together, seriously.

JayWalker June 15, 2023 - 2:17 am

its hard to believe a live round got on the set in the first place… where did it even come from? this story gets stranger and stranger.


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