Attorney for Harvey Updyke Says Client is Indigent

Sep 19, 2013

Auburn University officials have testified about the hundreds of thousands of dollars they say the school has spent because of the poisoning of the oak trees at Toomer's Corner.

   The testimony came during a hearing Wednesday before Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker to determine how much restitution Harvey Updyke should pay for poisoning the famous oak trees.

   Walker did not rule and gave attorneys 30 days to submit briefs.

   Updyke's attorney, Andrew Stanley, said his client is indigent and only has $630 to his name.

   The state has asked for $1.35 million in restitution.

   Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese said the state needs a ruling ordering Updyke to pay the restitution.

   Treese said the state would be able to collect if the 64-year-old Updyke "wins the lottery."