Harvey Updyke makes first public response since alleged attack - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

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.

[Read: Harvey Updyke, alleged tree poisoner, says he was attacked at gas station]
[Read: Man waives right to preliminary hearing in tree poisoning case]

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.

Copyright 2011 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • LocalMore>>

  • More flu cases confirmed, doctors still recommend getting vaccinated

    More flu cases confirmed, doctors still recommend getting vaccinated

    Saturday, January 20 2018 4:32 PM EST2018-01-20 21:32:31 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Dr. Joseph Conklin with Columbus Regional Health said he's already seen his fair share of patients coming into his office, saying they have flu-like symptoms. "We're seeing a fair amount this year," he said. "Maybe a little more compared to last year." Numbers across the country only support his observation. The Centers for Disease Control reported 14,401 confirmed flu cases during the week of January 13, bringing the season's tot...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Dr. Joseph Conklin with Columbus Regional Health said he's already seen his fair share of patients coming into his office, saying they have flu-like symptoms. "We're seeing a fair amount this year," he said. "Maybe a little more compared to last year." Numbers across the country only support his observation. The Centers for Disease Control reported 14,401 confirmed flu cases during the week of January 13, bringing the season's tot...More >>
  • Funeral for Dollar General shooting victim held Saturday

    Funeral for Dollar General shooting victim held Saturday

    Saturday, January 20 2018 3:54 PM EST2018-01-20 20:54:46 GMT
    (Source: Family)(Source: Family)

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The funeral for the shooting victim who was involved in a road rage incident was held Saturday afternoon. Lorenzo Freeman was killed after a road rage incident involving two other men at a Dollar General in Fort Mitchell. The funeral was held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Ozark, AL.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The funeral for the shooting victim who was involved in a road rage incident was held Saturday afternoon. Lorenzo Freeman was killed after a road rage incident involving two other men at a Dollar General in Fort Mitchell. The funeral was held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Ozark, AL.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.

    More >>
  • Hazmat team responds to situation at Auburn University

    Hazmat team responds to situation at Auburn University

    Saturday, January 20 2018 3:50 PM EST2018-01-20 20:50:36 GMT
    (Source: Auburn University)(Source: Auburn University)

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Auburn police and fire crews responded to a hazmat situation at Auburn University this afternoon. The incident occurred in Funchess hall at Auburn.  A hazardous chemical was reportedly poured down the drain during the cleanup process in one of the rooms being cleaned. The chemical did not go all the way down the drain and caused an odor in the building.  One person inside the building reported lightheadedness as a result of the fumes and i...

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Auburn police and fire crews responded to a hazmat situation at Auburn University this afternoon. The incident occurred in Funchess hall at Auburn.  A hazardous chemical was reportedly poured down the drain during the cleanup process in one of the rooms being cleaned. The chemical did not go all the way down the drain and caused an odor in the building.  One person inside the building reported lightheadedness as a result of the fumes and i...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly