'Rust' Armourer Let Actors Wave Guns; Found Guilty of Deadly Set Shooting

The armourer who loaded the gun that killed a cinematographer on the set of Alec Baldwin's film "Rust" was convicted Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter.  

Hannah Gutierrez was found guilty of the death of Halyna Hutchins during the production of the budget Western in October 2021 after a jury in New Mexico deliberated for just over two hours.  

A 10-day trial heard how Gutierrez was ultimately accountable for the use of live rounds on set, which is considered a red line in the business.  

The court also heard how she routinely violated fundamental safety standards, leaving guns unattended and enabling performers, including Baldwin, to wave weapons around.  

"This is not a case where Hannah Gutierrez made one mistake, and that one mistake was accidentally putting a live round into that gun," prosecutor Kari Morrissey told the jury in her closing statement Wednesday.

"This case is about constant, never-ending safety failures that resulted in the death of a human being and nearly killed another."  

Hutchins was hit by a live round fired from Baldwin's Colt.45 while filming a scene inside a wooden church on the New Mexico location.  

Ballistics experts have denied the claim, stating that the gun could not have discharged in any other way.  

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