March 6, 2024

‘Rust’ Trial Gets Interesting Twist with Testimony from Weapons Supplier

Things got a bit more interesting in the trial regarding the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Hutchins was shot and killed by actor Alec Baldwin during the filming of “Rust,” which temporarily shut down the shooting of the movie.

Baldwin and the armorer for the movie, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, were among those indicted.

New Testimony

In the Gutierrez-Reed trial, an ammunition supplier for the movie was called to the stand.

Seth Kenney testified that he did not supply any live rounds to the movie, although he did supply live rounds for practice shooting and training for actors on the “1883” TV show, which is an offshoot of Taylor Sheridan’s “Yellowstone.”

Kenney stated that all of the ammunition for “Rust” had been cleaned inside and out to ensure that no live rounds were included in the “dummy” rounds for the movie.

Yet, somehow, six live rounds were found on set, which included the fatal round used by Baldwin that killed Hutchins.

According to prosecutors, it was Gutierrez-Reed who brought the live rounds on set and mixed them in with the dummy rounds to be used during the shooting of the movie.

Her Defense team is looking elsewhere to blame, including Baldwin, who allegedly violated gun handling safety measures at the time of the shooting.

From what I have seen and heard of Kenney’s testimony, the Defense would like to deflect some of that blame to Kenney, who appears quite disorganized for someone who is handling ammunition.

For instance, the Defense showed pictures of his “cluttered” office and inventory with no documentation.

Kenney did not help himself, as he sounded more like Joe Biden when recollecting timelines of the events that led up to the shooting.

The prosecution countered by drilling Kenney on what he supplies to “Rust,” and he was adamant that no live rounds were ever sent to the movie set from his supply.

Also, during the course of the trial, there was an allegation that Gutierrez-Reed handed a bag of narcotics to another crew member so they would not be found in her possession.

The staffer testified that Gutierrez-Reed gave her a bag of white powder, which she claims to have thrown away after leaving the room.

Defense attorneys challenged that the white powder was drugs, stating that she only had a few seconds to look at the bag, so the witness could not be “certain” what was in the bag she was given by Gutierrez-Reed.

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