A 62-year-old Dadeville, Ala., man has been arrested in connection with the poisoning of the historic Toomer’s Corner oak trees at Auburn University.
A spokeswoman for the Lee County Sheriff Office said Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr. was arrested Thursday morning and charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief.
Bond was set at $50,000. If convicted, Updyke could face one to 10 years in prison.
A man claiming to be “Al from Dadeville” phoned a radio show late last month, claiming he poured herbicide around the 130-year-old oaks that are the scene of celebrations after Auburn’s sports victories.
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Updyke admitted to making two calls claiming knowledge of the poisoning but later denied poisoning the trees, according to court documents.