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Sarah Zachry, master of “rust” accessories, “will probably only serve as a witness” in a tragedy on the set: expert

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Sarah Zachry, master of “rust” accessories, “will probably only serve as a witness” in a tragedy on the set: expert

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After days of investigation, a new name has surfaced in Alec Baldwin’s accidental filming case – “Rust”: Sarah Zachry.

Zachry is credited as the property – or incidental – master of the film. It was revealed on Wednesday that Zachry was one of four people handling a gun on the set of “Rust” on October 21 which was unloaded by actor Baldwin – who officials believed the gun was. “cold” or discharged during a rehearsal.

A projectile from the weapon struck and ultimately killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and also injured director Joel Souza. He has since been released from a hospital.

At some point on the day of the shooting, according to gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez’s statement shared in an affidavit, Zachry removed the weapon from a safe in a propeller truck and brought it to Gutierrez. Deputy Warden Dave Halls then handed the gun to Baldwin, stating that there was no ammunition inside.

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Now that the name of the prop master is circulating, questions are being raised as to whether she could be responsible for anything, but legal experts say her involvement “seems weak at the moment” and that she “will likely only be used for witness ”.

A gun was accidentally discharged on the set of the movie “Rust”. Props master Sarah Zachry was one of four people known to have handled the weapon on the day of the shooting.
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“At this point, it is difficult to determine what [Zachry’s] role was related to gun safety on this set, ”Rachel Fiset, managing partner of Los Angeles-based Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman, told Fox News. “If facts occur that put her in control of the safety protocols with regard to firearms on the whole, she may face some sort of liability.”

Fiset said Zachry handling the gun “will likely be another point investigators look into when reviewing the overall security measures taken on the set.”

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In the days following the shooting, reports surfaced that members of the team complained about working conditions on set, including concerns about gun safety.

“At this point, any type of criminal negligence will be fully investigated with respect to all involved, however, as it now appears [Zachry] is most likely to only serve as a witness to this horrific incident and not face charges, “Fiset said, later adding that while Zachry’s involvement seems weak at the moment,” it should be fine. prepared to be involved in this situation for the long term. . “

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Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed in the incident while director Joel Souza was injured. He has since left a hospital.
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ChicagoLawyer Andrew Stoltmann said that given the short time that Zachry appeared to be in possession of the gun, she “would likely have no responsibility.”

However, if she had been “somehow compelled to be an on-site safety inspector” the story would be different.

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If the blame is blamed on Zachry, it “could be from not having the right gun or not having tested it earlier,” depending on the exact duties of the prop master.

“If she is responsible for the safety of the weapon, then her responsibility is pretty clearly defined and spelled out,” Stoltmann explained. “At this point, his responsibilities are just not clear.”

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Alec Baldwin unloaded a gun, apparently after Deputy Director Dave Halls told him there was no loaded ammunition. Halls was also unaware that ammunition was loaded.
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When Fox News spoke to a Hollywood prop master who wished to remain anonymous, that person said gunsmiths and assistant directors are responsible for inspecting firearms before they are used in a scene.

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“However, the prosecutor has the onerous task of convicting one of the four in criminal court,” said San Diego criminal defense attorney David P. Shapiro, referring to Zachry, Baldwin, Halls and Gutierrez. .

“Both the lead prosecutor and [Santa Fe County] Sheriff [Adan] Mendoza repeatedly used the word “some complacency” during Wednesday’s press conference. “Some complacency”, if that is their position at the end of the investigation, should not be sufficient to meet the standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. “

Zachry recently took care of props for another movie shot in New Mexico, “Dead for a Dollar”.

“Sarah was a member of our props department and worked on our film for about five to six days,” Chaos A Film Company’s Carolyn McMaster told Fox News in a statement.

“She performed all assigned duties in a professional manner and followed all safety protocols.”

Zachry could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fox News’ Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report

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