Harvey Updyke, Man Who Poisoned Auburn Oaks Dies at 71

Friday, July 31, 2020

The University of Alabama Football fan convicted of a sports-related crime that made national headlines is dead. 71-year-old Harvey Updyke died of natural causes, according to his son.  In 2013, Updyke pleaded guilty to poisoning Auburn University’s Legendary Oak Trees. Updyke received a 3-year sentence for criminal damage to an agricultural facility. The poisoned trees have been a favorite spot for Auburn's football fans to celebrate by rolling them with toilet paper after a victory. Updyke said he poisoned the trees after Auburn beat the University of Alabama in a controversial game in 2010.

 

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