NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma Supreme Court says surveillance video that features a prominent OU football star should be released publicly.
It’s been over two years since OU running back Joe Mixon was suspended for punching Amelia Molitor in a restaurant on Campus Corner.
Molitor suffered several broken bones in her face, and Mixon entered an Alford plea to the assault charges.
At the time, authorities said the entire assault was caught on surveillance cameras and that video would eventually be made public.
Since that time, the video has never been seen by the public and has been caught up in court proceedings.
Over the past two years, it has been shown to several members of the media and in a courtroom.
For one reason or another, it has not been publicly released.
Earlier this year, a judge ruled that it should stay sealed because of a technicality.
Judge Thad Balkman had ordered that the video be preserved as court record, but he said that never happened since the attorneys didn’t enter it into evidence.
Since it was never entered as evidence, Balkman ruled that the video should remain sealed.
Attorneys for the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters appealed the decision, which sent it to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
On Monday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the video must be made public.
OAB prevails in Mixon surveillance video suit. OK Sup Ct: "defendants must allow the Association a copy of the surveillance video." @kfor
— Abby Broyles (@abbybroyles) December 6, 2016
Mixon’s attorneys sent NewsChannel 4 the following statement:
“Joe was not a part of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters’ lawsuit. He never intervened to try to prevent the release of the surveillance video of the incident, which occurred more than two years ago. Many members of the media previously viewed the video, and have reported in great detail about what is shown.
Joe has apologized for the way he reacted that night. He has served the punishments handed down by the court and the university. If copies of the surveillance video are now to be released to the media, he hopes that this release will help put this matter to rest.”