Midnight Rider Director, Producers Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter
Midnight Rider director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass for their alleged role in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. The charges, which were filed in Wayne Country, GA superior court, were announced today.
As previously reported, Jones was killed when after being struck by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic last February. The incident was later investigated by the local sheriff’s office, as well as the NTSB, and the case was presented a to grand jury yesterday.
According to Billboard, involuntary manslaughter carries a possible sentence of of ten years in prison under Georgia law, while criminal trespass is a misdemeanor that carries a potential sentence of twelve months. A number of lawsuits related to the accident have also been filed against Miller, Savin, Sedrish, and even Allman himself.
The new charges are the first to be filed in the wake of the accident, which forced production of the film to be suspended. There is currently no word on whether or not the biopic will be finished, though Allman has urged Miller not to resume filming.