Arrested Harvey Updyke Is the Nut Behind the Toomer’s Corner Tree Poisoning
On Wednesday we passed along the disgusting story of an Alabama fan who went out of his way to poison 130-year-old oak trees in the Toomer’s Corner location of Auburn’s campus. We also shared audio of the fan’s phone call into the Paul Finebaum Radio Show where his response to a question about his actions being illegal was “You think I care? I really don’t. Roll damn Tide!”
Well now we will find out how serious the man was about his proclamation.
On Thursday morning, WTVM reported that a 62-year-old man from Dadesville, Alabama, Harvey Updyke, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, as I first learned through SI Hot Clicks. Updyke is currently in jail on a $50,000 bond, and it’s worth noting that under Alabama law, criminal mischief is a class C felony punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
There are plenty of other interesting details that keep emerging. A person by the name of “Harvey Updyke” commented on this Cam Newton story that appeared on TMZ’s website in November saying “auburn cheating again burn auburn burn woo eagle LOL”
Later on Thursday, we learned that the court-appointed lawyer asked off the case because of a conflict of interest.
And of course Solid Verbal put together a Toomer’s Corner remix for the infamous ESPN “Roll Tide” commercial:
This story will not go away any time too soon, that’s for sure.