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Harvey Updyke May or May Not Have Admitted to Poisoning Auburn's Trees

| by Alex Groberman

Harvey Updyke, a 63-year-old man who stands accused of poisoning the Toomer Corner’s trees near Auburn University, may or may not have confessed his guilt to a student newspaper on Tuesday.

"Did I do it? Yes," Updyke allegedly told Andrew Yawn of The Auburn Plainsman.

That was on Tuesday. On Wednesday, however, Updyke’s attorney came out and denied that any such admission ever occurred.

"There were other reporters around from ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, al.com, AP, major, major media outlets, and all of you were swarming in the courtroom, the lawyers were around the courtroom, and we think it's kind of odd that a student reporter from Auburn University was able to get this story when all these major media outlets have been here the entire time," Everett Wess said, according to WLTZ. "No one saw this reporter getting this information from Updyke."

Updyke, of course, stands accused of poisoning Auburn’s prized trees after the school beat Alabama back in 2010. He pleaded not guilty to the charges by reason of mental disease or defect.

As noted by ESPN, this isn’t the first time Updyke has admitted or come close to admitting that he did the deed. Back in January 2011, during an appearance on the Paul Finebaum radio show, he apologized to Auburn for the “damage” he had done.

Yawn was served with a subpoena on Wednesday outside the courtroom, so the truth about whether or not Updyke actually admitted his crime should come out soon enough. 

(Kudos ESPN, USA Today, WLTZ, The Auburn Plainsman)

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