NORMAN — Twelve seconds into the clip, bent over with her arms on the table in front of her, Amelia Rae Molitor motions someone closer.
Twenty-one seconds later, Molitor lay motionless on the floor of Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe after taking a single punch to her left jaw, and Joe Mixon, the 18-year-old Oklahoma freshman running back who delivered it, walked out of the shot and into a whirlwind of uncertainty.
The nearly three-minute long silent surveillance tape from inside the eatery was played Thursday morning for a group of around 40 media members after multiple outlets requested the footage through an open-records request.
Police refused to release copies of the video — at least until Nov. 1, when the state’s open records laws change to explicitly say that copies must be provided — but staged a showing of the footage at the Norman Investigations Center.
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Mixon has been charged with acts resulting in gross injury, a misdemeanor. Molitor, a 20-year-old OU student, was not charged in the July 25 incident, which left her with fractures of her jaw, cheek bone, sinus and orbital bone.
The restaurant — a sandwich shop and pizzeria just north of OU’s campus — stays open until 3 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, catering to the crowds of mainly college students emptying out of nearby bars in the early hours.
On this early Friday morning, the eatery is nearly void of activity in view of the camera as the clip starts.
None of the other tables in sight of the camera is occupied when Molitor comes up with a friend at her side and leans over facing the camera to talk to people sitting on the other side of the table.
When she motions someone over, Mixon walks into the frame near the counter.
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