EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Midnight Rider director Randall Miller walked into court this morning shackled but left a free man after spending a year in the Wayne County Detention Center in Georgia. The helmer, who made a plea deal to go to jail a year ago to save his wife Jody Savin from criminal prosecution (as she was also charged), was incarcerated for criminal trespassing and felony involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of crew member Sarah Jones.
Jones, who was 27 at the time and working as a camera assistant, was killed when a train plowed through the set after Miller led his unsuspecting crew onto live train tracks to film a scene starring William Hurt. The supervising crew of the Gregg Allman biopic — including unit production manger Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz — were similarly charged. Several crew members of the film (in its first day of shooting) were injured, some badly.
Miller was processed this afternoon and is no longer in jail, Wayne County Sheriff John Carter told Deadline.
In the following videos, you will see what happened in court today, including Assistant District Attorney John Johnson talking about Miller’s previous plea agreement which was deemed “improper”; Richard Jones addressing the court; Savin sitting stonefaced; Miller at the table watching the proceedings; and finally, Judge Anthony Harrison issuing his ruling: