Alec Baldwin Likely Sweating As ‘Rust’ Armorer Found Guilty

( – Actor Alec Baldwin faces trial this summer for involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 on-set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. This follows a jury in New Mexico convicting Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 26-year-old “Rust” armorer, of the same charge.

On October 21, 2021, Baldwin fired a gun containing live ammunition while rehearsing a scene for the Western film, fatally shooting Hutchins. This safety breach sparked outrage and raised questions about responsibility.

The verdict in Gutierrez-Reed’s case could forecast Baldwin’s trial. Initially charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in January 2023, prosecutors dropped those charges three months later. However, legal experts believe this guilty verdict could embolden the prosecution in Baldwin’s case.

According to Miguel Custodio, co-founder of a law firm, the verdict has become a major concern for Baldwin as the potential consequences become real. Custodio also questions whether jurors, having seen someone from the set jailed, will be willing to convict Baldwin.

Gutierrez-Reed’s month-long trial featured testimonies from weapons specialists, law enforcement, and crew members who witnessed the shooting. The prosecution heavily focused on Gutierrez-Reed’s alleged mishandling of firearms on set.

Legal partner Kate Mangels believes Gutierrez-Reed’s defense team inadvertently helped the prosecution against Baldwin. She says their strategy of portraying Baldwin as negligent could give prosecutors an advantage.

Neama Rahmani, president of a trial lawyers’ association, believes Baldwin has “cause for concern” due to potential use of witness testimonies from Gutierrez-Reed’s trial and an FBI report suggesting Baldwin pulled the trigger.

However, Baldwin has consistently denied pulling the trigger. In a December 2021 interview, he said he let go of the hammer, and the gun discharged – although a ballistics report commissioned by the prosecution contradicts his claim.

The tragedy exposed lax safety protocols on the “Rust” set. Emmy-nominated producer Paul Epstein criticized the disregard for basic firearm safety rules and prioritizing speed over safety.

Epstein also pointed to the actions of assistant director David Halls, who allegedly handed Baldwin the gun while saying it was safe. Halls received probation after pleading guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon.

If convicted, Baldwin faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison. Baldwin’s representatives have yet to comment on the recent developments.

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