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Alleged Auburn University tree poisoner Harvey Updyke, Jr. indicted

Harvey Updyke (AP Photo/Auburn Public Safety Department)

Toomer's Corner oak trees, gathering place for Auburn University fans
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(CBS/AP) OPELIKA, Ala. - The Alabama fan accused of poisoning a pair of century-old oak trees at rival Auburn University has been indicted by a Lee County grand jury. The trees are at Toomer's Corner, where Auburn fans have traditionally celebrated wins.

Court documents posted online show the grand jury indicted Harvey Updyke Jr. on four felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.

The 62-year-old Updyke faces two felony counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two felony counts of unlawful damage, felony vandalism or theft of property from a farm animal or crop facility and two misdemeanor counts of desecrating a venerated object.

He is scheduled for arraignment on May 26, with a tentative trial date of June 20.

Complete coverage of the Auburn tree case on Crimesider

  • Barry Leibowitz

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