'Midnight Rider' Filmmakers Surrender to Police Over Sarah Jones' Death

'Midnight Rider' Filmmakers Surrender to Police Over Sarah Jones' Death

Director Randall Miller and his producer wife Jody Savin landed briefly in jail before being released on a $27,700 bond each.
Randall Miller and his wife Jody Savin from Unclaimed Fright Productions Inc., the company which produces Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider", turned themselves over to authorities on Sunday, July 13. They were charged in connection with the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on the film's set.

Director Miller and his producer wife Savin were booked in Georgia and were released after posting a $27,700 bond each, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's office. Their defense attorney Don Samuel told CNN that the amount of their bond had been approved before their arrival and the duo is now back in Los Angeles.

A third producer, Jay Sedrish, is expected to turn himself in sometime before this coming Thursday. Along with husband-and-wife duo Miller and Savin, he is facing involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in the fatal train crash. Samuel said he would enter a not guilty plea on behalf of his clients this week.

Under Georgia law, a manslaughter conviction would carry a sentence of 10 years in prison while criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and carries potential sentence of one year. No arraignment date has been set for this case. The movie is currently put on hold, and actor William Hurt departed following the tragic accident.

On February 20 this year, the film's crew members were filming a dream sequence on railroad tracks along a trestle over the Altamaha River in Wayne County. But they didn't have enough time to get off the tracks safely when a train came barreling through the crowd. Jones was killed and several others were injured.

Jones' parents were the first to file a lawsuit against the director, producers and other individuals affiliated with the film. A second lawsuit was filed by hairstylist Joyce Gilliard, who fractured her arm in the train crash. The defendants are called out in both lawsuits for failing to get permission to film on the railroad and hiding it from the crew.

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