Updyke's court appointed lawyer wants off the case

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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Citing conflicts of interest, the court appointed attorney for Harvey Updyke has filed a motion to remove himself from the case.

Attorney Philip O. Tyler wrote in this motion that the law firm for which he practices currently represents Auburn University and that Tyler is a part-time professor at Auburn.

Tyler explained that he has been a resident of Auburn since 1988 and has "numerous personal and family ties to Auburn University."

Updyke was charged with Criminal Mischief 1st degree Thursday in a case involving the poisoning of Auburn University's famed Toomer's Corner oak trees.

The 130 year old trees, part of a long-running tradition for Auburn Tiger fans, are not expected to survive the herbicidal poisoning.

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