Alabama fan not making funds for poisoning rival Auburn’s landmark tree, DA says

AUBURN, Ala. — A prosecutor desires to know why a College of Alabama fan who pleaded responsible to poisoning landmark oak bushes at Auburn College is not making court-ordered restitution funds.

Harvey Updyke was ordered to look in court docket Oct. 30 to clarify himself, Lee County District Lawyer Brandon Hughes advised WRBL-TV.

Updyke served greater than 70 days in jail in 2013 and was ordered to pay about $800,000 in restitution after admitting to poisoning bushes at Toomer's Nook in Auburn. Followers historically rolled the bushes with bathroom paper after a win, however the authentic oaks died after being doused with herbicide.

Updyke has paid lower than $5,000 and infrequently misses funds, Hughes stated.

Followers roll the poisoned oak bushes at Toomer's Nook one ultimate time following Auburn's A-Day spring NCAA faculty soccer sport at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.Dave Martin / AP file

“We have now been keeping track of his funds or extra particularly, his non-payment, and he has made precisely two funds for a complete of $200 previously yr. Due to that, we now have been searching for him for near a yr, and we lastly discovered him,” stated Hughes.

A decide beforehand threatened to jail Updyke for failing to pay the cash, and he cited Updyke for contempt of court docket when the person failed to look at a listening to in regards to the unpaid cash in 2017.

Updyke, 70, is a former Texas trooper who now lives in Louisiana.

Updyke posted latest Fb updates with a crude remark about Auburn and a video saying his month-to-month hire was going up virtually $200 to $700 with a $500 deposit.

“Roll, Tide,” he screamed on the finish.

Updyke has embraced his function as a “villiain” at Alabama sporting occasions, the prosecutor stated, and he was in Tuscaloosa for a soccer sport in November.

“When you have sufficient cash to go see your group play, you come up with the money for to pay Auburn College,” stated Hughes.

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