AUBURN — Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning the historic Toomer’s Corner oak trees in downtown Auburn, has been indicted on new charges.
A Lee County grand jury on May 11 issued six indictments against Updyke, according to online court records. The indictments were not placed online until Tuesday.
According to the online court records, Updyke is to be arraigned on the new charges on May 26 and his jury trial has been scheduled for June 20.
Among the six indictments, Updyke was indicted for 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.
Efforts to reach Updyke’s attorney, Glennon Threatt, of Birmingham, for comment Tuesday night were unsuccessful. Earlier, a Montgomery television station reported Threatt said his client was facing federal charges.
Updyke, 62, was already facing one count of first-degree criminal mischief in Lee County District Court.
At last month’s hearing, Updyke was given permission to live in Louisiana with relatives. Shortly after leaving court, he claimed he was assaulted by unknown assailants at an Opelika gas station.
Police have said he was unable to provide information about his alleged attackers and they have no information to pursue in the case.
Officials have said that both of the live oak trees at the corner of campus are showing signs of the poisoning.
Updyke remains free on bond.
This story was written by Birmingham News staff writer Kent Faulk and Evan Woodbery/Auburn Bureau, The Birmingham News, Press-Register and The Huntsville Times.