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Oklahoma football: Surveillance tape in Joe Mixon case to be viewed by media on Thursday

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 2, 2014

After an open records request was filed by The Oklahoman, the Norman Police Department will show the surveillance video associated with the Joe Mixon case to members of the media at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Copies of the tape will not be made available. The department will not allow any cameras or image recording devices during the viewing.

Mixon, 18, was charged with misdemeanor acts resulting in gross injury stemming from an early morning incident July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of the campus.

Mixon allegedly punched 20-year-old OU student Amelia Rae Molitor following a confrontation at the restaurant. Molitor suffered a fractured jaw, fractured cheek bone, fractured sinus and fractured orbital bone.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Molitor told officers at the scene that Mixon directed a gay slur toward her male friend.

The affidavit said the video showed Molitor pushing Mixon, who then lunged at her. Molitor reacted by slapping Mixon, who then hit Molitor with his closed fist. Molitor fell into a table and then to the ground, where she was unconscious, as Mixon fled the scene.

Mixon pleaded not guilty last month. The five-star running back recruit is scheduled for another court appearance Sept. 23. Molitor was not charged in the incident.

On the same day as his initial appearance, Mixon was suspended from the football team for the season.

At Mixon’s appearance, Cleveland County District Judge Steve Stice restricted both parties in the case from disseminating the video. The next day, the judge issued an order clarifying his original edict “was not nor is it intended to restrict members of the public from seeking and acquiring any material allowed by law.”

Norman City Attorney Rick Knighton told the Tulsa World on Tuesday he determined under the current open records law, police had to make the tape available for viewing but not to provide physical copies.

Effective Nov. 1, a change in the law makes it explicit that copies of records covered under the act are to be made available as well.

Mixon was in attendance for at least part of Oklahoma’s Tuesday practice.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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