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The weapons expert in the Alec Baldwin case was hungover on set, prosecutors say

by Ryan Lee
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According to prosecutors, the weapons supervisor involved in the Alec Baldwin case was allegedly under the influence while on the film set. They claim that she consumed alcohol and marijuana during the filming of “Rust,” implying that she was likely hungover when she mistakenly loaded a live bullet into the revolver used by the actor.

In response to a motion filed by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys seeking to dismiss her involuntary manslaughter charge, the prosecutors presented these allegations. They accused Gutierrez-Reed of a history of reckless behavior and argued that it is in the public’s interest for her to be held accountable.

Jason Bowles, Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyer, criticized the prosecution, stating that they mishandled the case. He claimed that the weak case led them to resort to character assassination tactics against Hannah, suggesting that the prosecution has abandoned the pursuit of justice and the truth.

A preliminary hearing for Gutierrez-Reed is scheduled for August, during which a judge will determine if there is enough evidence for the charges to proceed.

The prosecutors also mentioned that they would make a decision within the next 60 days regarding whether to recharge Alec Baldwin. This decision depends on the results of an analysis of the gun and its broken sear, which were sent to an independent expert for further testing.

Previously, Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter charge was dismissed in April due to new evidence and the need for additional investigation. The incident occurred in October 2021 when Baldwin accidentally discharged a firearm, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.

Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys argued in their motion that the prosecution was influenced by improper political motives, accusing the Santa Fe District Attorney and the initial special prosecutor of using the tragic accident to further their personal interests.

The defense lawyers claimed that the FBI’s testing of the gun caused irreparable damage before the defense could examine it, resulting in the destruction of evidence and a violation of the court’s rules of discovery. They also alleged that the selective prosecution of Gutierrez-Reed violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

New special prosecutors who replaced the initial appointee refuted these claims, stating that the prosecution has not been selective. They acknowledged the unknown origin of the live rounds found on set and stated that the investigation was ongoing. They also hinted at the possibility of additional charges if evidence emerges suggesting Gutierrez-Reed’s responsibility, but did not provide specifics in the filing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about weapons expert, Alec Baldwin case

What are the allegations against the weapons expert in the Alec Baldwin case?

Prosecutors allege that the weapons expert, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, was drinking and smoking marijuana on set during the filming of “Rust.” They claim she was likely hungover when she loaded a live bullet into the revolver used by Alec Baldwin, resulting in the fatal shooting accident.

What is the response from Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys regarding the allegations?

Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys argue that the prosecution has mishandled the case and is resorting to character assassination. They claim that the weak case against their client has led to the prosecution abandoning the pursuit of justice and the truth.

When is the preliminary hearing for Gutierrez-Reed scheduled?

The preliminary hearing for Gutierrez-Reed is scheduled for August, during which a judge will determine if there is sufficient evidence to move forward with the charges against her.

What is the status of Alec Baldwin’s charges in the case?

The involuntary manslaughter charge against Alec Baldwin was dismissed in April, citing new evidence and the need for further investigation. Prosecutors are expected to make a decision within the next 60 days regarding whether to recharge him, based on the analysis of the gun and its broken sear.

Are there any additional charges expected in the case?

The prosecutors have suggested that if evidence emerges pointing to Gutierrez-Reed’s responsibility for the live rounds found on set, additional charges may follow. However, no specifics regarding the evidence were provided in the filing. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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5 comments

moviebuff88 June 15, 2023 - 3:52 am

I think the prosecution is just tryna make the weapons expert look bad. They messed up the case and now they’re tryin’ to save face. It’s all politics, man!

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filmlover101 June 15, 2023 - 5:14 am

This whole thing is a tragedy. People lost their lives and got injured. It’s important to find out the truth and hold the right people responsible. I hope justice is served.

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mysterylover June 15, 2023 - 8:49 am

The real question is, where did those live rounds come from? It’s scary to think that someone might have intentionally put them there. The investigation needs to uncover the truth.

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actionmoviefanatic June 15, 2023 - 10:06 am

Whoa, I didn’t expect all this drama behind the scenes. I feel bad for Alec Baldwin too, he must be going through a lot. Can’t wait to see how this all plays out.

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ilovecats June 15, 2023 - 4:46 pm

omg this is so sad, a shooting accident on set! i cant believe the weapons expert was drinking n smoking weed, that’s cray! they need 2 be held accountable!

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