Third lawyer for Toomer's tree suspect wants off case

Harvey Updyke (Source: Auburn Police Department)
Harvey Updyke (Source: Auburn Police Department)

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The petitions for recusal continue in the Auburn tree poisoning case.

Just a few hours after a third attorney was retained to represent Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning Auburn University's famed Toomer's Corner oak trees, the attorney has request he be dismissed from the case.

The first two attorneys, whom the court appointed to represent Updyke, sought release from the case citing conflicts of interest.

Lawyer number three, Jerry M. Blevins, cited an "irreconcilable conflict" as his basis for dismissal from the case, but specifics surrounding the petition have not been released.

Harvey Updyke's preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday, March 2 at the Lee County Justice Center.

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