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August 15, 2014

Mixon charged with misdemeanor offense in alleged assault

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

This charge is also commonly referred to as "outraging public decency," Mixon was charged following his involvement in an alleged assault at Pickleman's on July 25. The charge carries a penalty of up to one year in jail.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn met with Norman Police earlier this morning, a source told SoonerScoop. No warrant is being issued for Mixon's arrest.

Mixon is expected in court to be arraigned on Monday. He was suspended from football-related activities pending the results of the Norman Police Department's investigation just prior to the beginning of OU's preseason football camp.

SoonerScoop.com is still awaiting comment from an OU spokesman.

Mixon, a five-star recruit and the crown jewel of OU's 2014 recruiting class, was accused by 20-year-old OU student Amelia Molitor of punching her in the face and breaking bones. No charges will be filed against Molitor.

An inquiry to Molitor's attorney, M. Eileen Echols, was met with no comment.

Norman police released the 911 call made from Pickleman's on July 30. The unidentified caller explained the event that night as he saw it. He didn't say who the alleged assailant is.

"Some girl just got clocked in the face," he said.

According to the probable cause affidavit Molitor was knocked unconscious. Molitor was transferred to Norman Regional following the alleged assault.

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

Her height and weight are listed at 5-foot-6, 130 pounds, and Mixon's height and weight are listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds.

Molitor told officers that the altercation stemmed from the use of a homosexual slur directed toward her friend by Mixon. He lunged at her aggressively leading with his head and right fist.

Molitor reacted by slapping Mixon with an open right hand around his left ear. Mixon then hit Molitor on the left side of her face, "knocking her into a table top and then to the ground where she laid motionless." Mixon then fled the scene.

Mashburn said he looked into charges of assault and battery against Mixon as well as assault and battery against both parties and even mutual combat, which would have led to no charges being filed.

But the Norman police's investigation and Mashburn's own understanding led him to a different conclusion.

"You can't look past the injuries to Ms. Molitor," Mashburn said. "You can't look past that it is a guy and a girl.

"I believe that this charge really fits because it deals with causing gross injury to a person, and that act was injurious to public morals. I think under the law that's exactly what we have here and the misdemeanor charge is appropriate."

Video of the alleged assault is in the hands of Mashburn and Norman police, but won't be made public at this time.

"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.



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