The weapons expert on the set of “Rust,” facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting incident, is now charged separately for unlawfully carrying a firearm in a licensed liquor establishment on October 1, 2021, in New Mexico. Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who has pleaded not guilty to the “Rust” charges, was indicted on the new gun-related charge. Her attorney, Jason Bowles, criticized the move, calling it baseless and part of a broader smear campaign against Gutierrez-Reed.
Gutierrez-Reed is already set to go to trial in late February for the involuntary manslaughter charge related to the deadly on-set shooting on October 21, 2021, where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins lost her life, and director Joel Souza was injured. Alec Baldwin, who was handling a prop gun on the “Rust” set, has consistently maintained that he did not pull the trigger.
Initially, special prosecutors dismissed involuntary manslaughter charges against Baldwin, citing the possibility of the gun being modified. However, they now plan to ask a grand jury to reconsider charging Baldwin after a new analysis of the gun.
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The grand jury, originally scheduled to convene on Thursday, was rescheduled during a teleconference hearing. Baldwin’s attorneys have criticized the prosecution, stating that a tragic incident has been turned into a misguided prosecution.