OU's Mixon set to go to trial

A jury selection hearing Monday revealed the trial date for OU freshman Joe Mixon could be moved from Oct. 27 to mid-December.

Originally set for Oct. 27, the misdemeanor trial for Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon could be pushed back to December.

District judge Steven Stice has scheduled a Friday pretrial hearing where the date of the trial will be known. Monday morning was a jury selection hearing at the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Okla.

The biggest reason the trial could be moves is because of the schedules of potential witnesses, both students and student-athletes who could be called to testify. A move to mid-December would have the trial after OU’s fall semester.

“I’m concerned that we’re pulling kids from class,” Stice said. “I’m concerned about all of these issues.”

Mixon has been suspended from the football team this season and was charged with one count of acts resulting in gross injury following an incident after his 18th birthday party July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Café on OU’s campus corner.

OU student Amelia Rae Molitor, 20, suffered multiple facial fractures. Local media has seen the surveillance video, but it is set to go public Nov. 1, the same date as OU’s game at Iowa State.

Mixon is still a student at OU, and because he’s a first-time offender, his penalty shouldn’t be the maximum it could be. The maximum penalty for the charge is one year in jail and a $500 fine.

Friday’s hearing will help clear everything up as both sides will provide a witness list to help determine the best possible trial date.

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