There are yet more new developments with regard to the legal drama stemming from the train accident that killed a camera assistant during the filming of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Deadline.com reports that a March 9, 2015, trial date has been scheduled in the manslaughter and criminal-trespass case that's been brought against the four indicted filmmakers involved in the project.
According to an order issued by Judge Anthony Harrison of Georgia's Wayne County Superior Court, pre-trial motions will be heard on February 12 and 13 of next year, with jury selection beginning on March 9. All discovery evidence must be entered into the court by December 10.
The indicted parties are the husband-and-wife director and producer team of Randall Miller and Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz. Schwartz became the most recent member of the Midnight Rider team to face charges when she was indicted on September 10. She was on hand Tuesday for a status conference at the Wayne County Superior Court that all the lawyers for the indicted parties also attended. Afterward, Schwartz -- accompanied by her lawyer -- walked to the adjacent Wayne County Jail Detention Center and turned herself in.
If convicted on the manslaughter charge, Miller, Savin, Sedrash and Schwartz face a possible 10-year prison sentence, while the criminal trespass charge carries a potential one-year term.
This past February 20, Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed and several other crew members were injured by a train during the first day of filming on Midnight Rider. The crew was filming a scene on a trestle bridge in Doctortown, Georgia, when the train barreled through.
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