Tag:Toomer's Corner oak poisoning
Posted on: February 17, 2011 4:25 pm

Further details released on accused oak poisoner

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The release of court documents pertaining to the case of the poisoned oaks at Auburn's Toomer's Corner has revealed several more details about alleged perpetrator Harvey Updyke.

Perhaps most crucial among them is that though Updyke has admitted to making a pair of phone calls in which he boasted about spiking the trees with an herbicide named "Spike 80DF," he claims he was not the one who actually poisoned the famous oaks.

The first of those phone calls is Updyke's now-infamous appearance on the Paul Finebaum radio show on Jan. 27, but the documents affirm that Updyke also left a voicemail with an Auburn turfgrass management professor, claiming knowledge of the poisoning. A review of phone records and a comparison between the voice on the voicemail and the Finebaum recording gave law enforcement a phone number which they then traced to Updyke.

Updyke was then arrested early this morning at the Auburn police department. At this time, reports have conflicted over whether Updyke has met bond or not.

Clearly, having twice publicly confessed to the crime, no one will regard Updyke as a criminal mastermind if he proves to be convicted. But for Auburn fans grieving the almost-certain loss of their 130 year-old landmark, embarrassment isn't likely to be punishment enough.

Photo via WTVM .

Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:45 am

Man arrested in Auburn oak poisoning

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the timing of the announcement yesterday, a suspect has been taken into custody in the case of the poisoned oaks at Auburn's famous Toomer's Corner.

Television station WTVM of Columbus (Ga.) reported this morning that Harvey Almorn Updyke, 62, of Dadeville (Ala.) -- otherwise now known to college football fans the country over as "Al from Dadeville," the handle chosen for himself when calling into the Paul Finebaum Show -- has been arrested and charged with criminal mischief in connection with the oak poisoning.

Law enforcement officials will be holding a press conference Thursday morning to discuss the details of Almorn's arrest. Per the Opelika Auburn-News , first degree criminal mischief in Alabama is a Class C felony punishable by one to 10 years in prison. Updyke's bond has been set at $50,000.

Updyke has also made a handful appearances on the Internet, commenting on this TMZ story on the Cam Newton scandal "auburn cheating again burn auburn burn woo eagle LOL" under the name "harvey updyke."

Photo via WTVM .

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