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Mugshots: 'Midnight Rider' Filmmakers Surrender To Police In Sarah Jones Case

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Two filmmakers charged in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of "Midnight Rider" turned themselves in to police this weekend.

The film's director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin surrendered to Wayne County Sheriff’s Department Sunday before posting $27,000 bond each and being released, according to Deadline. The husband and wife filmmaking team were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing on the set of "Midnight Rider" in Jesup, Georgia. "Midnight Rider" executive producer and unit production manager director Jay Sedrish, who was also charged, has yet to turn himself in, but he still has a week and is currently making arrangements, Deadline says.

Jones was killed on the first day of filming for the Gregg Allman biopic back in February. She and other crew members had set up to film a dream sequence on a train trestle, where allegedly the production company had not received permission to film. Jones was killed and seven others were injured while scrambling to get out of the way of an oncoming train on the trestle.

In the wake of her death, film crew members around the world rallied to have Jones included in the Oscars in memoriam segment and they vowed to boycott the production and the filmmakers behind it. Jones' parents filed a wrongful death suit claiming the filmmakers "operated without minimum safety precautions and contrary to standard industry practices for productions of this scale and for productions involving dangerous filming conditions."

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