“Rust” film armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed was charged by prosecutors with tampering with evidence in relation to the shooting death of the movie’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The charge is in addition to two counts of involuntary manslaughter that she was charged with earlier this year, CNN reported.
Gutierrez Reed transferred narcotics to another person “with the intent to prevent the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of herself,” the amended complaint says.
Gutierrez Reed was likely hungover when she loaded a prop gun used by actor Alec Baldwin that fired a live round of ammunition during a rehearsal, prosecutors alleged in a prior court filing CNN reported on last week.
Witnesses told investigators Gutierrez Reed “was drinking heavily and smoking marijuana in the evenings during the shooting of Rust,” the filing from prosecutors said.
In response to the amended complaint, Gutierrez Reed’s attorney, Jason Bowles said in his motion to dismiss he was inadvertently copied on an email from the prosecution’s lead investigator Robert Shilling that he was asked to do no further work on the case and included a comment that he has issues with how the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation.
Shilling wrote, “Knowing full well the probability that this email may be subject to IPRA (Inspection of Public Records Act), I am compelled to respectfully offer the following.”
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