NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The state is looking for evidence as to whether the “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was denied training days with Alec Baldwin and whether that contributed to the on-set shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
“She went to production and said, ‘I haven’t had enough time to train him on this weapon, I need more training days,'” said special prosecutor, Kari Morrissey.
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Rust Productions filed a motion for a protective order on sensitive documents being released, calling the state’s subpoena, “burdensome.” They said the documents the state is asking for will not assist in the investigation because Gutierrez was an independent contractor.
“The real question for the state, for the court, for the jury, will be about her conduct and what she agreed to. That includes any agreements between her and Rust movie productions,” said the Attorney for Rust Productions in court Friday.
The state said such documents may confirm or disprove the claim that Gutierrez-Reed was not given the number of training days she requested with Baldwin. Judge Mary Marlow Sommer said Rust Productions must provide the documents, but some stipulations to the release can be made. Rust Productions has been given until October 20 to comply.
Hannah Gutierrez’s jury trial begins in February. The involuntary manslaughter charge against Alec Baldwin was dropped in April, but could be re-filed after more investigation.