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.
[ Read the motion to withdraw (.PDF)]
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.