'Midnight Rider' Trial Date Set for Early 2015
1st A.D. Hillary Schwartz was also indicted and entered a not-guilty plea in Tuesday's arraignment
The involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass case against the Midnight Rider filmmakers in the February death of Sarah Jones is set to go to trial almost a year after the camera assistant was stuck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic.
A trial date of March 9, 2015, was set during a status hearing Tuesday morning, a representative for the Wayne County Superior Court clerk's office confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Jury selection will begin on that date, with pre-trial motions heard Feb. 12-13. All discovery must be entered into the court by Dec. 10, 2014. The order was issued by Judge Anthony Harrison.
Also Tuesday morning, the film's first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish were re-indicted, with Schwartz, who was just charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass earlier this month, added to the indictment. All four defendants pleaded not guilty.
Those three were indicted on July 3, following more than four months investigation by local authorities.
Involuntary manslaughter carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison under Georgia law; criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and carries a potential sentence of 12 months.
Several civil suits have also been filed against Miller, Savin, Sedrish and other individuals and entities associated with the film, the production of which has since been suspended, with star William Hurt, who was on set when Jones was killed, pulling out of the project.