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Prosecutors Allege Weapons Expert in Baldwin Case Engaged in Substance Use

by Gabriel Martinez
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According to prosecutors, the weapons supervisor involved in the tragic incident on the film set of “Rust,” where Alec Baldwin unintentionally shot and killed a cinematographer, is being accused of consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana during the evenings while filming. The prosecutors claim that her actions likely resulted in her being hungover when she mistakenly loaded a live bullet into the revolver used by the actor.

These allegations emerged in response to a motion filed by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s defense team, seeking the dismissal of her involuntary manslaughter charge. The prosecutors argue that Gutierrez-Reed has a history of reckless behavior and emphasize the importance of holding her accountable for her actions.

Jason Bowles, Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney, criticized the prosecution’s handling of the case, stating, “The prosecution’s case is so weak that they have resorted to launching character assassination claims against Hannah. It appears they have abandoned the pursuit of justice and discovering the actual truth.”

In August, there will be a preliminary hearing for Gutierrez-Reed, during which a judge will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed with the involuntary manslaughter charge.

The prosecutors also mentioned that they plan to decide within the next 60 days whether to recharge Alec Baldwin, pending the results of an analysis of the firearm and its broken sear, which have been sent to an independent expert for further examination.

In April, the involuntary manslaughter charge against Baldwin, who was also a producer on the film, was dismissed due to new evidence and the need for additional investigation.

During a rehearsal on the New Mexico film set in October 2021, Baldwin accidentally discharged the firearm, fatally injuring cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.

Gutierrez-Reed’s defense attorneys argued in their motion that the prosecution’s motives were politically motivated and accused Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and the initial special prosecutor, Andrea Reeb, of exploiting the tragic accident to advance their personal interests.

The defense lawyers claim that the gun was irreparably damaged during FBI testing before they had the chance to examine it, constituting the destruction of evidence and violating the court’s discovery rules. They also argue that the selective prosecution of Gutierrez-Reed violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The newly appointed special prosecutors, who took over after Reeb stepped down, disputed these claims, asserting that the prosecution has not engaged in any form of selective treatment.

Additionally, the prosecutors acknowledged that the origin of the live rounds found on the set remains an unanswered question, stating that they are actively investigating to determine the source. They hinted at the possibility of further charges against Gutierrez-Reed if evidence emerges indicating her responsibility for the ammunition on set.

However, the filing did not provide specific details regarding the nature of this evidence.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about weapons expert, substance use, Baldwin case, tragic incident

What are the accusations against the weapons expert in the Baldwin case?

The accusations against the weapons expert in the Baldwin case involve claims of substance use, specifically drinking and smoking marijuana during the filming of “Rust.” Prosecutors allege that her actions may have affected her judgment and led to the tragic incident.

What is the response from Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney regarding the prosecution’s handling of the case?

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney has criticized the prosecution, stating that they have mishandled the case. The attorney claims that the prosecution has resorted to character assassination and has abandoned the pursuit of justice and discovering the truth.

What charges does Gutierrez-Reed face, and when is the preliminary hearing scheduled?

Gutierrez-Reed faces an involuntary manslaughter charge. The preliminary hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence for the charge to move forward is scheduled for August.

Why was the involuntary manslaughter charge against Alec Baldwin dismissed?

The involuntary manslaughter charge against Alec Baldwin was dismissed due to new evidence and the need for further investigation. Prosecutors cited these reasons for the dismissal.

Is there ongoing investigation regarding the source of live rounds found on set?

Yes, the prosecutors have acknowledged that the origin of the live rounds found on the set is still unknown. They are actively investigating to determine the source of the ammunition.

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5 comments

InvestigativeMinds June 14, 2023 - 1:51 am

the source of the live rounds is still unknown? how can that be? they better find out soon! this investigation needs to be thorough!

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BaldwinSupporter June 14, 2023 - 9:00 am

they dismissed the manslaughter charge against Alec?! wth, new evidence or not, he was involved in a deadly shooting! this is outrageous!

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FilmLover123 June 14, 2023 - 10:28 am

can’t believe Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney says the prosecution mishandled the case. they r tryin 2 hold ppl accountable 4 a tragedy! justice needs 2 b served!

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GrammarNazi101 June 14, 2023 - 10:49 am

so many spelling errors and missing punctuation marks in this text! it’s hard to take it seriously when it’s not properly written. proofreading is important, people!

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AlecFan27 June 14, 2023 - 7:47 pm

omg, wtf?! so the weapons expert was drinking n smokin weed on set? no wonder she messed up! prosecution gotta get to the truth, stop the character assassination!

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