Two California filmmakers facing criminal charges in Georgia in the death of a camera assistant are preparing to plead “not guilty” this week.
Randall Miller and Jody Savin face charges of trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Sarah Jones. She was killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic in Wayne County, Ga., in February.
Atlanta attorney Don Samuel says Miller and Savin turned themselves in to authorities after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. He says they came to Georgia on Sunday for fingerprints and mugshots.
"Within 48 hours they turned in, made bond, and were immediately released," he says. "They were in custody for a grand total of about 45 minutes and then returned to California."
Samuel says Miller and Savin each are free on $25,000 dollars bond. He says they’ll enter a “not guilty” plea to the charges this week.
"This was not criminal behavior; there was no criminal intent; there was no malice; and certainly no basis, we believe, for criminal charges to be brought," Samuel says.
A third filmmaker accused in the case, Jay Sedrish, is also expected to turn himself in this week.