Mixon charged with misdemeanor

Mixon charged with misdemeanor

OU freshman RB Joe Mixon has been charged with one misdemeanor of "acts resulting in gross injury."

Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon has been charged with acts resulting in gross injury, a misdemeanor charge.

Mixon was charged Friday afternoon stemming from an alleged assault incident at Pickleman’s Gourmet Café in Norman in the early morning hours July 25, following Mixon’s 18th birthday.

At this time, no warrant is being issued for Mixon’s arrest. The “gross injury” charge is also known as “outraging public decency.”

Cleveland County District Attorny Greg Mashburn met with the Norman Police Department early Friday morning, and Mixon is expected to turn himself in for an arraignment Monday morning.

Mixon, a five-star running back and the top-ranked OU signee for its 2014 class, was suspended from all football-related activities a couple weeks ago as OU was waiting for the legal process to work itself out.

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione released the following statement:

“The University of Oklahoma understands that charges have now been filed against Joe Mixon based upon an investigation by local law enforcement agencies. Under its policies, the University must independently evaluate student conduct matters and will review the facts as part of its internal process. At an appropriate time, the University will determine Mixon’s status.”

“The University of Oklahoma understands that charges have now been filed against Joe Mixon based upon an investigation by local law enforcement agencies. Under its policies, the University must independently evaluate student conduct matters and will review the facts as part of its internal process. At an appropriate time, the University will determine Mixon’s status.”

If convicted, Mixon could serve up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

According to the probable cause affidavit obtained by Sooners Illustrated, 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor was knocked unconscious and transferred to Norman Regional Hospital following the alleged assault.

She suffered “a fractured jaw, fractured cheek bone, fractured sinus and fractured orbit which caused a hematoma on the left eye.”

Molitor said the altercation resulted because of the use of a homosexual slur directed toward her friend by Mixon. She pushed him, he retaliated by lunging at her aggressively, leading with his right fist. She reacted by slapping him by the left ear, and he hit her on the left side of her face.

It ended up “knocking her into a table top and then to the ground where she laid motionless.” At that point, Mixon fled the scene.

There is surveillance video of the incident, but Mashburn said it will not be released as of now.

“We’ll have to keep that in evidence because if we end up going to trial on this we’ll have to show it to a jury and so that will be a part of our case,” Mashburn said.

He said the investigation led to interviews of around 12-15 people, including several OU football players.

Mixon could have been facing assault and battery charges and both sides could have been charged, but Mashburn didn’t feel that was necessary.

Mashburn said that if it was between two guys, most likely no charges or any action would have taken by his office. But there was a morality issue to look at as well as the size discrepancy.

Molitor is listed at 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds, while Mixon is 6-2 and 210 pounds.

Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, released the following Friday evening.

“While we recognize that Joe has not been charged with the crime of assault and battery, we are still very disappointed that the Cleveland County District Attorney's office chose to charge Joe with a misdemeanor for grossly disturbing peace or public decency.

“As we have maintained from the beginning, it is our belief that Joe reacted instinctively after being racially slurred and physically assaulted by a highly intoxicated young woman and her male friend. We strongly disagree with the series of events as portrayed by Norman PD. Justice knows no gender bias and we do not believe that Joe’s actions were criminal in nature.

“We are also disappointed that it appears that no assault and battery charges will be filed against the young woman for her actions on the morning of July 25th.

“It is important to Joe and his family that he continues toward his goal of becoming a successful student-athlete both on and off the field at the University of Oklahoma. Joe looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name and put this unfortunate situation behind him.”

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