NORMAN — Joe Mixon came to Oklahoma as the centerpiece of its post-Sugar Bowl recruiting class.
Less than seven months after signing with the Sooners, Mixon has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with an early morning incident at a restaurant near campus.
Mixon, 18, was charged with acts resulting in gross injury in Cleveland County District Court on Friday after Norman Police turned over the results of their investigation earlier in the day.
Mixon is expected to turn himself in and be arraigned Monday.
PDF: Read the affidavit from the Cleveland County District Court
PDF: View the misdemeanor charge against Mixon
The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $500 fine. As a first-time offender, any penalty is likely to be less severe.
The charges stem from an incident that happened at around 2:30 a.m. July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe just north of the campus.
In a statement, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said no determination had been made in regard to Mixon’s future with the football team. Mixon has not practiced during the investigation.
“The University of Oklahoma understands that charges have now been filed against Joe Mixon based upon an investigation by local law enforcement agencies,” Castiglione said in a statement. “Under its policies, the University must independently evaluate student conduct matters and will review the facts as part of its internal process. At an appropriate time, the University will determine Mixon’s status.”
The probable cause affidavit turned in from the Norman Police recommended either aggravated assault charges — a felony — and/or the lesser misdemeanor count.
According to the affidavit, Amelia Molitor — the alleged victim — told officers at the scene that Mixon directed a gay slur toward her male friend.
Molitor was not charged in the incident.
The surveillance video showed Molitor, 20, pushed Mixon, who then lunged at her. Molitor reacted by slapping Mixon, who then hit Molitor with his closed right fist.
Molitor fell into a table and then to the ground, where she was unconscious, as Mixon fled the scene.
Molitor was taken to Norman Regional Hospital, where she was found to have a fractured jaw, fractured cheek bone, fractured sinus and fractured orbital bone, which caused damage to her left eye.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said he felt like he was on “the same page” with Norman Police in determining the charge.
“When you are looking at that, you start saying, ‘Well, OK, who's the initial aggressor? Who basically started the physical aspect of the confrontation?’” Mashburn said. “In this particular case, I felt like this statute more fit what happened because now we don’t have to talk about who the initial aggressor was. Was there gross injury? And there was. And was that against public morals? And I believe that anytime you punch a girl with that much force, even when she had hit you first, that it would be against public morals.”