The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

July 19, 2013

Hearing to determine restitution for Auburn trees

— OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A judge will hold a hearing to determine whether University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke should pay Auburn University about $1 million for poisoning its landmark oak trees.

The Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/12RVcdW ) reports that Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III scheduled the hearing for Sept. 18.

The hearing is to determine whether Updyke must pay restitution for killing the trees at Toomer's Corner. Auburn fans traditionally rolled the trees with toilet paper after a big win.

The state is seeking about $1 million on Auburn's behalf, but Updyke says that's too much.

Updyke is out of jail after pleading guilty to poisoning the trees. He spiked the trees with a powerful herbicide after Auburn beat Alabama in their annual football game in 2010.

Auburn cut down the trees this spring.

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