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DA rejects no-jail deal in Auburn tree poisoning

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The lawyer for a University of Alabama fan charged with poisoning landmark trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner says prosecutors are rejecting a plea deal where his client would have avoided serving additional time in jail.

Defense attorney Glennon Threatt Jr. says he made what he calls a "low-ball" offer to the district attorney's office on behalf of Harvey Updyke Jr., but prosecutors refused. Threatt says he expects Updyke to be in court for a hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, but it's unclear exactly what will happen.

Threatt says he expects to waive a preliminary hearing where some evidence could be presented. Prosecutors haven't commented.

Updyke is free on bond after being charged with first-degree criminal mischief in the poisoning of the trees, where Auburn fans traditionally celebrate sports victories.

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