Hearing Set in Auburn Tree-Poisoning Case

Sep 27, 2012

Court officials in Lee County say a University of Alabama fan is due in court for a hearing on charges that he poisoned Auburn University's landmark oak trees at Toomer's Corner.

Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III scheduled a hearing for Thursday for Harvey Updyke.

Officials won't reveal what the hearing is about, citing a judge's gag order to limit publicity about the case.

Updyke is currently set for trial next month on charges of poisoning the trees. He recently got two new defense lawyers who could seek a delay to give themselves more time to work on the case.

Walker also has yet to rule on Updyke's request to move the trial to another location, perhaps Birmingham.

Updyke was arrested this month after a dispute in a Louisiana store.

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