September 22, 2020

Alabama fan who poisoned Auburn trees headed back to court Wednesday after not paying fines

The University of Alabama fan who admitted poisoning Auburn University’s famed oak trees is due in court for a hearing on whether he should be jailed for not paying restitution.

A Lee County judge scheduled a hearing for Wednesday afternoon for 71-year-old Harvey Updyke, who pleaded guilty to poisoning the trees in 2013.

The retired Texas state trooper wrote in a public Facebook post he’s taking a bus to Auburn from his Louisiana home and expects to be jailed. But a doctor who treats Updyke submitted a letter saying the man is too ill to travel.

Circuit Judge Jacob Walker says he will address Updyke’s medical condition at the hearing.

Records show Updyke has paid only $6,900 of about $800,000 he was ordered to pay in penalties and restitution.