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'Midnight Rider' producers booked in Ga. in camera assistant's death

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Producers of 'Midnight Rider' biopic turn themselves in for booking in filming death of camera assistant
A third 'Midnight Rider' producer is expected to surrender this week in camera assistant's filming death

Pasadena-based film producers of the "Midnight Rider" movie Randall Miller and his wife, Jody Savin, who have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant, turned themselves over to authorities in rural Georgia on Sunday.

Wayne County Sheriff John Carter said the couple were booked and released after posting a bond of $27,000 each.

A third producer on the film, Jay Sedrish, who also has been charged, is expected to turn himself in by Thursday, Carter said. No arraignment date has been set, he said.

A Georgia grand jury indicted Savin, Miller and Sedrish on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass on July 2.

Involuntary manslaughter carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years, according to Georgia law. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and carries a year's jail sentence.

Sarah Jones, a second camera assistant, was killed in February after a freight train collided into the crew during the first day of production of "Midnight Rider," a biopic about rocker Gregg Allman.

Six others were injured in the accident, which occurred on a historic railway trestle near Jesup, Ga.

The death of Jones galvanized film crew members throughout the entertainment industry, highlighting long-standing concerns about worker safety.

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