Mixon court case set for Oct. 27

Freshman running back faces charges of an act resulting in gross injury

The trial for Oklahoma freshman Joe Mixon has been set for Oct. 27, notably just four days before the surveillance video of the incident will be released to the public.

Jury selection is set for Oct. 20. Both will begin at 9 a.m.

Mixon has been suspended from the Oklahoma football for a year, a decision made by the university on the day of his first court appearance. Mixon stayed in school but was seen at a pep rally involving the football team, something coach Bob Stoops deemed to be in “poor judgement.”

Mixon was previously seen entering the Switzer Center, which is located adjacent to the practice field, during an Oklahoma practice. Stoops said Mixon was not at the practice.

The case was originally set for Tuesday but was pushed back Monday until the end of October. Mixon has the option to enter a blind plea or allow the judge decide punishment. He can also ask for a non-jury trial.

Mixon, a five-star running back ranked as the top player as his position in 2014, has pleaded not guilty to charges of an act resulting in gross injury stemming from an altercation during the early-morning hours of July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe, where Mixon punched 20-year old student Amelia Rae Molitor in the face. Molitor broke four bones in her face as a result of the incident.

Video of the altercation was viewed by the media earlier this month after multiple open records requests, though Norman Police have refused to release a copy of the tape. A change in state law will make copies of the video available for public record.

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