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Harvey Updyke makes first public response since alleged attack

Paul Finebaum, of the Paul Finebaum Show Paul Finebaum, of the Paul Finebaum Show

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WTVM) -  Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning the famous trees at Toomer's Corner, appeared on the Paul Finebaum show Thursday afternoon.

This was his first public response since he was allegedly attacked outside Tiger Express in Opelika.

He told Finebaum, in a call-in interview, that he stopped at the gas station to get green tea. Updyke also told Finebaum he does not know why no one saw the attack. 

When Finebaum asked Updyke what he would say to people who thought he faked the attack Updyke remarked, "This is not a Charlie Sheen stunt. I am not winning...I don't want to go to my grave being known as Harvey the Tree Poisoner."

Wednesday, Updyke told police that he was attacked at Tiger Express - just miles from the Lee County Justice Center. Earlier, he appeared before a judge where he waived his rights to a preliminary hearing.

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Updyke told Finebaum in the interview, the alleged attack left a small gash between his eyes.

Updyke sounded remorseful when he said he does not want the trees to die and that the situation is taking a toll on his family.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest developments beginning on News Leader 9 at Five and Six.

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