‘Midnight Rider’ producers booked in Ga. in camera assistant’s death

"Midnight Rider" producers Randall Miller and his wife Jody Savin were booked Sunday in Georgia. The couple face involuntary manslaughter charges over the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant.
(Wayne County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office)

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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