Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Updated: June 20, 2:47 PM ET
Harvey Updyke admits to poisoning
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Harvey Updyke has confessed to poisoning the famed Toomer's Corner trees near Auburn University, according to a report Tuesday.
The Auburn Plainsman reported Updyke admitted his guilt at the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala., during recess of the jury selection for his upcoming trial.
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Updyke was approached outside an elevator by Plainsman community editor Andrew Yawn, and voluntarily spoke about the charges he is facing.
"Did I do it? Yes," Updyke said.
Updyke is accused of poisoning the trees after Auburn beat Alabama during the Tigers' 2010 national title season. The 63-year-old has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect on charges that include criminal mischief and desecrating a venerable object.
"They're going to find me guilty... it's a done deal," Updyke said. "I don't think I'm going to get a fair trial."
Tuesday wasn't the first time Updyke admitted to the poisioning.
In January 2011, Updyke appeared on the Paul Finebaum show and apologized to Auburn fans for "the damage I have done."
Updyke's lawyer, Everett Wess, told the Mobile Press-Register that he was "a little taken aback" by The Plainsman story.
information from The Associated Press was used in this report.