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Updated: Updyke’s lawyer denies a confession from his client

Auburn Trees Poisoned AP

The first day of Harvey Updyke’s trial for his alleged involvement in poisoning the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner began with jury selection.

Turns out, Updyke may not need a jury of his peers to decide his fate as it appears the Alabama fan has unofficially confessed to his crime.

Speaking to Andrew Yawn of The Auburn Plainsman this afternoon, Updyke, in a rather shocking move, basically admitted to poisoning the trees.

Did I do it? Yes,” Updyke said outside of an elevator on the second floor of the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika.

“They’re going to find me guilty… it’s a done deal,” Updyke said. “I don’t think I’m going to get a fair trial.”


Officially, Updyke has pleaded not guilty to several counts of desecration of a venerated object, first-degree criminal mischief and unlawful damage or vandalism of a crop facility. His attorney, Everett Wess, says he was not aware of Updyke’s alleged “confession.” Updyke said he thought if Wess knew of the supposed confession, he would drop him.

Additionally, Updyke’s health has apparently been in decline for some time. He told the Plainsman he’s lost over 60 pounds since his arrest last year and is taking 18 different medications.

“I guarantee he won’t last the trial without something happening,” Updyke’s wife, Elva, said.

Updated: 6/20 12:25 p.m.: Updyke’s attorney, as one would expect, has denied that his client “admitted” to poisoning the trees at Toomer’s Corner.

“There were other reporters around from ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX,, AP, major, major media outlets, and all of you were swarming in the courtroom, the lawyers were around the courtroom, and we think it’s kind of odd that a student reporter from Auburn University was able to get this story when all these major media outlets have been here the entire time,” Wess said.“No one saw this reporter getting this information from Updyke.”

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16 Responses to “Updated: Updyke’s lawyer denies a confession from his client”
  1. kozbee says: Jun 19, 2012 8:15 PM

    O`le Harv talks about a fair trial,Harvey imo if you would of stayed home that day and left them trees alone you`d still be rootin for you Tide.Now you get to see it in black n white tv in prison.I bet your one fan Bama fans love to see being gone.If i were the judge i`d give him atleast 3 to 5 yrs.Who knows since he was a cop he just might beat this with probation and lifetime ban from Bryant stadium and any college game..

  2. jeffw says: Jun 19, 2012 8:19 PM

    “I guarantee he won’t last the trial without something happening”…

    Justice would be if the tree outlived this idiot…

  3. mgavin78 says: Jun 19, 2012 9:23 PM

    Who cares. Trees suck.

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 19, 2012 9:35 PM

    Harvey Updyke is a mentally unsound man. Yes, he is an admitted fan of the Crimson Tide, but that is secondary. The primary issue is the unsoundness of his mind. Eighteen different medications? That would indicate his general health is very precarious.

    He should have pled out and taken whatever a judge would have decided, but rather, he will cost the good taxpayers of Alabama even more money than he already has. All the good fans of Auburn I know want the man to receive the mental help he needs. Most also want this matter to be over as soon as possible.

    Such great efforts are being made by Auburn Tiger experts, in consultation with state and natural experts, to save the trees at Toomer’s Corner. These great efforts are likely in vain, and unless the trees return to their natural cycle next spring, it may be all for the trees, and they will need to be replaced.

  5. Deb says: Jun 19, 2012 10:00 PM

    How is this shocking? Harvey Updyke confessed on the radio–that’s how they found him in the first place. And I believe it was prosecutors who threw out the original plea deal because they wanted this demented fool to do more prison time than most murderers.

    The guy is a nut who did a horrible thing and belongs in a facility somewhere. But the tax burden this case has become can be credited to prosecutors who were more interested in making political hay out of it than just getting swift justice. We can only hope nature, with the help of Auburn’s agricultural experts, will ensure the trees are standing long after everyone has forgotten this loon.

  6. ghengy says: Jun 19, 2012 10:24 PM

    I hope he dies in jail, while getting teabagged by an LSU fan. LOL

  7. tuckfexas says: Jun 20, 2012 2:49 AM

    Exactly Deb. The dummy called into Finebaum(which happens to be on Sirius XM) and was flat out bragging about it. This guy is beyond idiot status. Don’t even get me started on his whining after he started getting death threats & had to move.

  8. philwauke says: Jun 20, 2012 8:06 AM

    He forgot to say Roll Damn Tide. Haha, idiot. Hope the ban him from having anything to do with the team. No clothing, watching the games and put a gag order on him talking about them.

  9. packerbadger says: Jun 20, 2012 8:39 AM

    That tree would do better than the majority of the players down there on the Wonderlick test! 😉

  10. tigerpbg says: Jun 20, 2012 11:02 AM

    Couldn’t agree more ghengy! WDE! BTW, it might not be an LSU fan but I promise you he will be getting something in prison. lol

  11. cburmester85 says: Jun 20, 2012 11:43 AM

    I actually know why Harvey said this! He wants to go to jail. You may wonder why he would want to go to jail and the reason is simple… To meet all the former Bama football players and other SEC athletes that I’m sure are currently locked up in their along with him. I knew Harvey had a reason for doing this. The guy just proves how much smarter he is everyday.

  12. packerbadger says: Jun 20, 2012 2:22 PM

    Why did the SEC players fail the wonderlic test?

    Because they took it!

  13. Deb says: Jun 20, 2012 6:34 PM

    @packerbadger …

    Does calling an entire region of people stupid make you feel like a big man? That’s good … because it’s not going to help the Badgers win more football games.

  14. packerbadger says: Jun 21, 2012 10:44 AM

    Hey Deb

    I’m just pointing out what is factually true and well documented. The southeast is the bottom of the stupid barrel. We have other things in addition to football. How’s your college hockey teams doing down there? Wisconsin has won 5 national titles. Wisconsin has won a national basketball title. Wisconsin has the best traveling fan base in sports. Wisconsin has the Packers who have won more NFL titles than any other pro football team. Wisconsin also has a much higher standard of education. And yes, Wisconsin will win plenty of football games. And will beat an SEC team (Auburn 2x) again if they play them in a bowl game. So, other than football, it doesn’t seem like you have much going on.

  15. tigersgeaux says: Jun 22, 2012 10:00 AM


    I am sure that Wisconsin has a wonderful athletic history and success.

    Not including the numerous NCAA titles won by Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida and other southeastern (SEC) teams, by winning the SEC championship in Men’s Basketball for the 2008-2009 season, LSU became the first SEC school to win at least 10 SEC championships in the big 3 sports of Football, Men’s Basketball, and Baseball.[1] That feat remains unchallenged. Furthermore, LSU is the only SEC school to win at least 1 national championship in each of the big three sports. LSU is 5th nationally in number of team national championships.

    LSU has won 47 national titles (among those are 43 which are NCAA recognized and 4 of which the NCAA does not have a championship). As indicated in this post, other SEC schools may have even more national team championships and/or individual championships.

    Since this is a college football blog specifically, and an Updyke story, I will comment on the trial—I hope it is over soon with no delays, that Updyke receives the mental help he obviously needs, that Auburn is able to save the trees or replace them in the near future, and that the college football season begins very soon.

  16. Deb says: Jun 22, 2012 5:18 PM

    @packerbadger …

    It’s a college football blog, and since football is the only sport I follow, I’m not prepared to discuss hockey championships. tigersgeaux has done a beautiful job of addressing you on the issue of other sports as they relate to the SEC.

    As for what the South has to offer … well, you could ask your neighbors. It’s not well-documented that Southerners are at the bottom of the stupid barrel, but it is well-documented that Northerners and Midwesterners continue to migrate this way in large numbers.

    It’s too bad you don’t feel equipped to discuss football with an attitude of good sportsmanship. I’ve always been an admirer of Vince Lombardi and have a collection of his motivational quotes. Funny, but I can’t find one that says when your team loses, it’s because the opponent is stupid.

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