Harvey Updyke Auburn trees poisioned

Arts & Life
10:38 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Auburn Seeks Input on Future of Toomer's Corner

Toomer's Corner after Auburn won the BCS Championship. Alabama fan Harvey Updyke is awaiting trial after being accused of poisoning the oak trees in 2010.
bleacherreport.com

Auburn University is seeking input from students, faculty and residents on what Toomer's Corner should look like if the iconic oak trees have to be destroyed after they were poisoned.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports (http://bit.ly/11bFHSk) that feedback is being sought in the form of an online survey from now until Jan. 18.


Dan King, assistant vice president for Auburn's facilities department, says officials at the university are being proactive in developing a future plan in the event that the trees must be taken down.

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Arts & Life
7:33 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Wednesday Hearing in Auburn Tree Poisoning Case

Harvey Updyke is set to appear in court on Wednesday on charges stemming from an incident in Louisiana.
usatoday.com

A Lee County judge handling the Toomer's Oaks poisoning case will consider a request from prosecutors Wednesday to revoke the bond for 64-year-old Harvey Updyke.

The Opelika-Auburn News(http://bit.ly/UPLpoC ) reports that the district attorney's office based its request on Updyke being arrested in Hammond, La., where he was accused of threatening an employee at a home improvement store.

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Auburn-Trees Poisoned
5:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Attorney Says 'Bama' Fan Competent To Stand Trial

Attorneys say Harvey Updyke is competent to stand trial on charges of poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees.
Credit AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Vasha Hunt, Pool

Attorneys for Harvey Updyke say the University of Alabama fan is mentally competent to stand trial on charges of poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees.


But the lawyers said Thursday that Updyke still plans to use an insanity defense to fight the charges.


Attorney Margaret Brown told a judge in Opelika that Updyke's mental condition at the time of the offense is an entirely different question than his competency now, about two years after the incident.

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Arts & Life
8:27 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Mental Evaluation Done, Updyke Free from Custody

Harvey Updyke
Credit AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Vasha Hunt, Pool

The Alabama football fan charged with poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees is free from custody following the completion of a mental evaluation.


A Lee County judge has released Harvey Updyke into the supervision of his daughter in Louisiana now that the psychiatric testing is done.


The Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/QtiQwJ ) reported Friday that the judge scheduled a competency hearing for Updyke for Dec. 10 in Opelika. Prosecutors requested the hearing.

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