Prosecutor Says She Never Promised Immunity to Gregg Allman Filmmaker

By RUSS BYNUM | January 29, 2015

A Georgia prosecutor says her office never promised immunity to one of four filmmakers charged in a fatal train crash that occurred during shooting of a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman.

Hillary Schwartz was an assistant director on the film “Midnight Rider” when a freight train plowed into the crew in southeast Georgia last February. Camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed and six others were injured.

Last month, Schwartz’s attorneys asked a judge to dismiss charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. They said Schwartz was indicted after prosecutors broke a promise not to charge her in exchange for an interview.

In a written response to the court Friday, District Attorney Jackie Johnson says her office only promised not to use Schwartz’s July 29 interview as evidence against her.

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