AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Officials with Auburn University say they have not made any definitive plans yet regarding the future of the severely burned oak tree at Toomer's Corner.
The Magnolia Avenue tree was set on fire in the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 25 after the Auburn-LSU football game.
Mike Clardy, Interim Assistant Vice President and Director of the university's Office of Communications and Marketing, said there is no plan in the works to replace the tree just yet.
Horticulture professor Gary Keever released the following statement about the tree's condition:
Jochen Wiest, the suspect accused of intentionally lighting the tree on fire, is being charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a felony, in addition to the desecration of a venerated object and public intoxication charges. His case was sent to a grand jury on Oct. 19.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more details.