Zachry is recognized as the property or prop of the film. It was revealed on Wednesday that it was Zachry one of four people handling a gun on the set of the October 21 film “Rust,” fired by actor Baldwin – who authorities said believed the gun was “cold” or emptied during rehearsal.
At one point on the day of the shooting, Zachry removed the gun from the safe in the truck and took it to Gutierrez, according to an armored statement by Hannah Gutierrez, which was published in an affidavit. Assistant Director Dave Halls he later handed Baldwin a pistol and stated that there was no ammunition in it.
Now that the props master’s name is hovering around, questions are swirling as to whether she could be responsible for anything, but legal experts say her involvement is “now a little in the moment” and will likely “serve only as a witness”.
“At this point, it’s hard to figure out what [Zachry’s] the role was related to the security of the weapons on this kit, “said Rachel Fiset, Managing Partner Los AngelesZweiback, Fiset & Coleman told Fox News. “If the facts arise that give him control over security protocols, as far as weapons are concerned on filming, he may face some sort of responsibility.”
Fiset said Zachry’s handling of the firearm will “probably be another point that investigators will consider when examining the general security measures taken at the shooting.”
In the days following the shooting, there were reports that crew members complained about working conditions on set, including weapons safety concerns.
“At this point, any kind of criminal negligence will be fully examined, as it applies to everyone involved, but as it now appears [Zachry] he will most likely only serve as a witness to this horrific incident and will not be charged, ”he said Fiset, later added that although Zachry ‘s involvement seems small at the moment, “she must be well prepared to be involved in this situation in the long run.”
ChicagoAttorney Andrew Stoltmann said that given the brief time Zachry appears to have owned the gun, “she probably wouldn’t have had any responsibility.”
But if she were “in some way obligated to be an on-site security inspector,” the story would be different.
If the responsibility is attached to Zachry, “it may stem from not having a real gun or not having tried it before,” depending on the exact tasks of the prop master.
“If she is responsible for the security of weapons, her responsibilities are quite clearly delineated and stated,” Stoltmann explained. “At this point, it’s just not clear what her responsibilities were.”
When Fox News spoke to a Hollywood props master who wished to remain anonymous, that person said the armor and assistant director were responsible for inspecting the firearm before using it for the scene.
“However, the prosecutor has the difficult task of convicting any of the four in a criminal court,” San Diego criminal counsel David P. Shapiro he said, referring to Zachry, Baldwin, Halls and Gutierrez.
“Both the Chief Prosecutor and [Santa Fe County] Sheriff [Adan] Mendoza used the word “some complacency” several times at a news conference on Wednesday. “Some complacency,” if that is their position at the conclusion of the investigation, should not be sufficient to meet the standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. “
Zachry recently took care of the props in another film 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,” Carolyn McMaster of Chaos A Film Company told Fox News.
“She performed all the tasks assigned to her professionally and followed all safety protocols.”
Zachry could not be reached immediately for comment.
Lauryn Overhultz of Fox News contributed to this report