A New Mexico judge denied Tuesday’s motion to dismiss the charges filed by attorneys for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer of the movie “Lust.”
of Deadly shooting on set Evidence hearings are set to begin next week in the incident that resulted in the death of Halina Hutchins and the injury of director Joel Souza on October 21, 2021. report KOB4. Upcoming hearings will focus on the manslaughter and tampering charges against Gutierrez-Reed, who is now the sole defendant, after prosecutors dropped charges against actor Alec Baldwin and was acquitted.
A judge in New Mexico has dismissed a motion to dismiss the charges arising from the on-set shooting of “Last” armorer Hannah Gutierrez. https://t.co/fXwDxEVDaB
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Judge Mary Marlowe Somer ruled in favor of the prosecution, despite defense claims that the case was jeopardized by changes in the prosecution team, mishandling of evidence, and adverse public statements. and upheld a preliminary hearing to assess the sufficiency of the evidence for prosecution. The trial, according to the outlet. (Related: New witness to deadly ‘Last’ shooting, armorer claims he tampered with evidence after talking to police: report)
In April, the public prosecutor withdrew the charges The shooting and wounding were mortally wounded against Alec Baldwin, who was holding his gun at the time of firing.
However, prosecutors are still investigating the circumstances of the shooting. An independent examination by firearms experts is underway to determine how live ammunition was introduced into the .45 caliber revolver used in the incident, and whether the gun’s hammer may have been flipped. Additional weapons tests have been requested to investigate. deliberately altered, report KOB4.
An FBI analysis found that force applied to an uncocked hammer, such as by dropping the weapon, could cause the gun to fire without the need to pull the trigger.
If convicted, Gutierrez Reed could face up to three years in prison. The incident devastated the production of The Last, but Halina Hutchins’ widow Matthew Hutchins is now executive producing the project, which resumed production in Montana in April. .