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Judge sets March trial date for Updyke

Harvey Updyke, 63, arriving in court with new attorney, Everett Wess of Birmingham, AL. Harvey Updyke, 63, arriving in court with new attorney, Everett Wess of Birmingham, AL.

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - The man accused of poisoning the historic oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner is set for a March trial.

Lee County Circuit Court Judge Jacob A. Walker III has scheduled Harvey A. Updyke Jr.'s trial for the criminal court session beginning March 5.

Updyke was indicted in May on two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of desecrating a venerable object and two counts of a state law that includes making it unlawful to damage, vandalize or steal any property on or from an animal or crop facility.

He has requested that the charges be reduced to misdemeanors.

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