Thursday, June 21, 2012
Harvey Updyke's trial is delayed
By Edward Aschoff
So much for this all being taken care of sooner rather than later.
The bizarre situation surrounding Harvey Updyke, the Alabama fan accused of poisoning Auburn's historic Toomer's Corner oak trees, just won't go away.
On Thursday, Judge Jacob Walker delayed Updyke's trial because of increased media attention stemming from The Auburn Plainsman's report this week that Updyke confessed outside the courtroom to poisoning the trees.
The student paper stood by community editor Andrew Yawn's original report. Investigators questioned Yawn, who was subpoenaed.
Defense attorneys have asked the judge to move the trial to a different location, because they believe the jury pool has now been tainted. Walker said he would schedule a hearing to consider the request, meaning this thing could continue to drag on.
Stay tuned ...