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August 18, 2014

Mixon arraigned Monday in Cleveland County

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Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon was arraigned at the Cleveland County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

Judge Steve Stice released Mixon on his own recognisance, though assistant district attorney Tyler Box requested $1,000 bond for Mixon. Mixon's next court date is set for Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. in front of Judge Stice.

No plea can be entered at arraignments, even if the defendant wants to do so. However, Mixon waived his right to a formal reading of the charge and pleaded not guilty.​

Mixon was charged with acts resulting in gross injury, a misdemeanor also known as "outraging public decency" last Friday afternoon.

The charge stems from Mixon's alleged assault of Amelia Molitor, a 20-year-old OU student, at Pickleman's Gourmet Café on July 25. The charge carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and or a fine of up to $500.

The judge ordered Mixon cannot contact Molitor except through his attorney.

Judge Stice also ordered tape of the incident at Pickleman's must not be disseminated by either the state or the defendant until the matter is resolved or tried.
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Video of the alleged assault is in the hands of the state and Norman police.

The judge also made reference to an internal investigation that is being pursued by the university.

Mixon 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.

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione released a statement on Friday acknowledging the charge against Mixon and saying the university will evaluate his conduct as it relates to OU's student code of conduct.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Norman Police, Molitor was knocked unconscious by Mixon. She was then 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."

Mashburn looked into pursuing charges for both Molitor and Mixon, but NPD's investigation and Mashburn's understanding of the sequence of events led him to believe the misdemeanor charge was most warranted.

"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," he said. "I think under the law that's exactly what we have here and the misdemeanor charge is appropriate."

Mixon is a freshman, five-star recruit and the No. 1-ranked all-purpose running back for the 2014 class by Rivals.com. He has retained attorney Kevin Finlay as his legal counsel, and Finlay was present at the arraignment

Finlay issued a statement on Friday afternoon

"Joe looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name and put this unfortunate situation behind him," he said.

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