Judge pushes Updyke's trial back a week

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - A Lee County judge has agreed to push back the trial date for the man accused of poisoning the iconic oaks at Toomer's Corner in Auburn.

Circuit Court Judge Jacob Walker moved the trial from June 11 to as early as June 19. Prosecutors are scheduled to videotape the deposition of a key witness on June 18.

The witness is a Mississippi State University analyst who studied samples from the trees for signs of poisoning.

Updkye has pleaded not guilty to charges including felony criminal mischief.

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