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Man waives hearing in Auburn tree poisoning

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - The lawyer for the man charged with poisoning landmark trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner has waived a preliminary hearing in the case.

Defense attorney Glennon Threatt Jr. announced his decision during a court appearance Wednesday in Opelika with his client, Harvey Updyke Jr., who wore a crimson tie.

Threatt got his client's bond conditions changed to allow Updyke to live with relatives in Louisiana.

Threatt had earlier tried to work out a plea deal with prosecutors, but they rejected it. He wanted his client to avoid serving any more time in jail. Threatt says he sought a deal because innocent people sometimes get convicted.

Updyke is free on bond after being charged with first-degree criminal mischief in the poisoning of the trees, where Auburn traditionally celebrates sports victories. .

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