Updyke trial pushed back to 2012

Harvey Updyke
Harvey Updyke

Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning historic oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner, has a new attorney and a new court date.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker on Thursday granted Glennon Threatt's request to be removed from the case.

Threatt told The Associated Press that attorneys need to have a relationship of trust with clients, and an attorney can't help his client when that relationship deteriorates.

The 63-year-old Updyke on Thursday appeared in court briefly with his new attorney, Everett Wess of Birmingham. Updyke sat quietly and didn't say anything.

He was indicted in May on charges including criminal mischief and desecrating a venerable object. A trial was to begin this fall, but that schedule was pushed back and his next court date will be Jan. 17.

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