Updyke trial set for April 8


The man accused of poisoning the Toomer's Corner oaks has had his trial set by a Lee County judge for April 8 after a hearing Wednesday with Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese and defense attorney Margaret Young Brown.

On Feb. 13 there will be a hearing to discuss several potential moves including a call by the District Attorney's Office to revoke Harvey Updyke's bond because of his arrest in Hammond, La., in September 2012.

Lee County Circuit Court Judge Jacob A. Walker III set a status conference on March 15 and said Updyke is required to attend all hearings from here on out.

Treese is seeking Updyke's records from Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility in Tuscaloosa.

The defense called on Wednesday for court funds to find out how many potential jurors in Lee County have ties to Auburn University and could ask for a move of venue.

Brown said she was in the process of trying to find an expert without ties to the university to conduct the study.

Updyke pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease and faces two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of desecrating a venerated object and two counts of vandalism to a crop facility.

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