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.
Updyke admitted to making two calls claiming knowledge of the poisoning but later denied poisoning the trees, according to court documents.