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Updyke back in jail after bond revoked in Wednesday hearing

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Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning the oaks at Toomer's Corner, was back in court Wednesday morning.

Cameras were not allowed in court Wednesday when Updyke was handcuffed and taken to the Lee County Detention Facility after Judge Jacob Walker revoked his bond.

The DA's office asked for bond revocation after Updyke's September arrest for simple assault at a Louisiana Lowe's store.

Under Louisiana law, simple assault is defined as a verbal threat.

Updyke's attorneys argued the officer claimed Updyke made statements he did not make and it was not a proper arrest.

Updyke is now in custody awaiting his April 8 trial date.

Meanwhile, a hearing to decide the defense's motion for a change of venue was set for March 15.

Plus, the defense asked for more info on Michael Welner, the forensic scientist retained by the DA's office to review Updyke's mental health records.

Welner has worked well-known cases, like the Elizabeth Smart abduction.

Updyke - an avid University of Alabama fan - has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect for allegedly poisoning the iconic trees at Toomer's Corner.

Recently, university officials said the trees cannot be saved and will be removed in the next few months.

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