Producers of Allman film indicted in death of camera assistant

(Atlanta Business Chronicle) -- A Georgia grand jury has indicted film producers Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in connection with the February death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, during filming of a movie about musician Gregg Allman, reports Los Angeles Times.

Involuntary manslaughter carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years, the paper reports. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and carries a year's jail sentence, the paper said.

On Feb. 20, crew members working on the film "Midnight Rider" in Wayne Co., Ga., were instructed to walk onto an old railroad trestle high above Altamaha River, where they placed a metal-frame bed on the tracks for an action scene, the paper reports. A train appeared and hit the bed frame and Jones, killing her, the paper said.

Miller has said his assistants were in charge of getting necessary permits. Questions have been raised throughout the investigation as to whether the crew had permission to film on the CSX-owned tracks.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that producers did not have permission to film on the railway trestle itself, which is owned by the railroad company.


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