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