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Alleged Toomer’s Corner tree poisoner facing federal charges

Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr.

Dammit.  Here we go again.

The last time we heard from Harvey Updyke, the alleged/admitted poisoner of Auburn’s historic Toomer’s Corner oaks was allegedly getting beat up following a hearing on state charges for said poisoning.  A month later, “Al from Dadeville” may have a lot more to worry about than a bump or a scratch on his head.

Or some state charges.

By way of the Birmingham News, Updyke’s attorney told a Birmingham television station during an interview Tuesday that his client is now facing six federal charges as well as a felony criminal mischief charge at the state level.  The paper writes that the attorney, Glennon Threatt, did not provide details during the interview as to the federal charges his client’s facing and had not yet returned calls seeking clarification.

Updyke was arrested back in February after calling into the Paul Finebaum radio program — as “Al from Dadeville” — and bragging that he had poisoned the Toomer’s trees with a herbicide called Spike 80 after Auburn’s win over Alabama last year.  Updyke has repeatedly claimed that he’s a lifelong Tide fan.

Six months after being poisoned, it remains uncertain whether or not the trees will survive.

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4 Responses to “Alleged Toomer’s Corner tree poisoner facing federal charges”
  1. halo81 says: May 17, 2011 11:45 PM

    Interested to see how this got put to federal charges, but he’s a clown, so whatever.

    I mean seriously, you couldn’t have just toilet papered the trees? What happened to some harmless taunting man? That’s just wrong.

  2. Deb says: May 18, 2011 12:33 AM

    @halo81 …

    As a Bama fan, I think what he did to their trees was horrible and he’s a dreadful embarrassment to our fanbase.

    But Auburn fans toilet-paper those trees themselves every time their team does something good. That’s their whole ritual. So that wouldn’t have been a taunt.

    Yes, it’s very bizarre. But it’s Auburn and that alone explains a lot.

  3. pjduffey says: May 18, 2011 12:59 AM

    Everybody’s got embarrassing “fans” that take it too far; y’all a certainly not alone on this one.

    Guy is a dick, but six federal criminal charges (plus a state charge) seem like a bit much. We will have to wait and see what they are, but it could be a case of an AUSA looking to boost the ‘ole resume with a high profile case.

  4. overratedgators says: May 18, 2011 7:42 AM

    Bill Hancock: “See? I TOLD you the Department of Justice has better things to do.”

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