Harvey Updyke summoned to court over missed Toomer's Corner restitution payments
Back in 2011, a man named Harvey Updyke caused a national stir when he poisoned the trees at the iconic Toomer’s Corner at Auburn.
The trees ultimately ended up dying, and Updyke was arrested and eventually ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution. That restitution was supposed to be paid in monthly installments.
However, per WRBL.com, Updyke has been summoned back to court after frequently missing payments:
“Harvey Updyke has never left my radar. We have been keeping an eye on his payments or more specifically, his non-payment, and he has made exactly two payments for a total of $200 in the past year. Because of that, we have bee looking for him for close to a year, and we finally found him,” explained Lee Co. District Attorney Brandon Hughes.
Updyke was found in Louisiana. He’ll need to show up to court in Lee County on Oct. 30 to explain the missed payments. If he doesn’t show, a warrant will be issued for his arrest.
Hughes said Updyke went to an Alabama game last November, adding that the money should have been paid to Auburn:
“He embraces his role as the villain when he goes to Alabama sporting events, which we know he has been back to an Alabama football game in Tuscaloosa in November. If you have enough money to go see your team play, you have enough money to pay Auburn University,” stated Hughes.
Will Updyke show up in court? We’ll find out on Oct. 30.