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Judge says Updyke must pay money or face arrest in Auburn tree poisoning case


WETUMPKA, Alabama — A judge has told Harvey Updyke Jr. that he faces arrest if he doesn't pay $700 in restitution by Feb. 11 for the poisoning of oak trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker said Thursday that Updyke is willfully in contempt.

Walker held a hearing after state probation officers reported that the 66-year-old Updyke had not been making court-ordered payments. Lee County probation officer David Dubose told The Tuscaloosa News ( ) that the hearing was to determine if Updyke was willfully in contempt or unable to pay. Walker said the first half of the $700 is due by Jan. 9.

Updyke was ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution to Auburn University in 2013 for the poisoning the trees where Auburn fans celebrated victories.

Information from: The Tuscaloosa News,

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