2 live oaks at Auburn get fresh soil

Crews began removing the soil earlier this week.
Crews began removing the soil earlier this week.

AUBURN, AL (AP) - The two historic live oaks at Toomer's Corner in Auburn can now grow their roots in new soil as experts try to rescue them from poisoning.

Auburn University spokesman Mike Clardy confirmed Thursday that the old soil has been removed and new soil has been put down.

The trees are thought to have been poisoned shortly after the Iron Bowl football game against Alabama.

On Feb. 17, Auburn police arrested 62-year-old Harvey A. Updyke Jr. and charged him with criminal mischief in the first degree. If convicted, Updyke could face up to 10 years in prison.

He was briefly held at the Lee County Detention Facility before being released Feb. 18 on a $50,000 bond.

Court documents show a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 2 has been canceled.

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