According to the Hollywood Reporter, March 9th is the date for what could be one of the most significant trials in Hollywood history. The stakes could not be higher. Not since the Twilight Zone movie has the principals of a production company been sued and held liable for the death of a crew person(s). But after months of investigating the state of Georgia has set a trial date on the involuntary manslaughter case of assistant camera person Sarah Jones.
Producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish, along with director Randall Miller and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, are all on trial. As the Reporter indicated previously, the producers released a statement maintaining their innocence :
“In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime: we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody’s safety at risk,” the statement read in part. “This was a horrible tragedy and a horrific accident.”
The defendants are looking at 10 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and 1 year for the criminal trespass.