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Harvey Updyke, who poisoned iconic oak trees at Auburn University, dies at 71

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Harvey Updyke, the Alabama man who pleaded guilty in 2013 to poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees, has died.

(CNN)Harvey Updyke, the Alabama man who pleaded guilty in 2013 to poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees, has died.

Updyke pleaded guilty to poisoning oak trees that drew generations of Auburn University football fans to Toomer's Corner after big victories.

As part of the sentence, he was put under five years of supervised probation, including a ban on attending any collegiate event or stepping on Auburn University property.

Auburn police arrested him for dousing the landmark trees on the edge of the Auburn campus with herbicide so potent that agronomists said they had little to no chance of survival.

Authorities first learned of the herbicide after a caller who identified himself as "Al from Dadeville" phoned into a Birmingham, Alabama, radio talk show, saying he had poisoned the renowned oaks after Auburn won a contentious November 2010 football game against the University of Alabama.

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