NEW MEXICO (KRQE) — Alec Baldwin’s attorney told a judge on Thursday that the state destroyed the gun used in the deadly “Rust” movie-set shooting. The announcment was made during a status hearing in the case against “Rust” actor-producer Alec Baldwin and the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

During the hearing, an attorney for Baldwin, Alex Spiro, said he received an email from the state that the defense would be receiving discovery Thursday. Spiro also brought up the fact that the firearm at the center of this case has been destroyed by the state. “That’s obviously an issue, and we’re going to have to see that firearm — or what’s left of it,” Spiro said.

The prosecution did not dispute whether the gun was destroyed or if it was in pieces. Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust” in October 2021. The actor was rehearsing a scene in front of a camera when a gun he was handling fired, hitting Hutchins and the film’s director, Joel Souza. Hutchins died shortly after the shooting while Souza survived his injuries.

In February, prosecutors downgraded certain charges against the two, removing a firearm enhancement penalty from Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed’s involuntary manslaughter charges. The enhancement charge would have added an additional five-year minimum sentence on top of everything else.

Baldwin and Guiterrez-Reed will now only face an involuntary manslaughter charge without a firearm enhancement penalty. If convicted, the fourth-degree felony charge is punishable by up to 18 months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

Baldwin told investigators the gun misfired as he handled the weapon. However, an FBI forensic investigation concluded the gun could not have been fired without pulling the trigger.

Also at Thursday’s hearing, the defense made a request for the prosecution to identify which of the 64 witnesses it intends to call. District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer agreed with the defense and is making the prosecution make an exact witness list of who will testify.

Attorneys are also trying to get special prosecutor Andrea Reeb removed from the case because she is also a state representative. They argue it is unconstitutional for her to be a representative and a prosecutor. That hearing will happen on March 27.

The preliminary hearing examination will begin May 3 and is expected to take two weeks.