An Alabama Crimson Tide fan convicted of poisoning famous oak trees at in-state rival Auburn University nearly a decade ago stopped working to attend a court hearing Wednesday on why he hasn’t paid court-ordered restitution.
Lee County Judge Jacob Walker will decide at a later date whether to approve prosecutors’ demand to order the arrest of Harvey Updyke, 71, a retired Texas state trooper who lives in Louisiana.
Walker offered district attorneys a month to examine a letter from Updyke’s physician stating he isn’t well enough to take a trip to court.
Harvey Updyke, left, leaves the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala., with his bail bondsman and his lawyer in this 2013 photo. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File).
The letter stated Updyke suffered from a number of ailments, consisting of coronary illness, congestive heart failure, diabetes, strokes and depression.
Updyke pleaded guilty in 2013 to poisoning trees at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner following the 2010 Iron Bowl in between the schools, which Auburn won 28-27 He was busted after calling into a local sports radio show under an incorrect name to confess to the criminal offense.
” I wanted Auburn individuals to hate me as much as I dislike them,” he told a CBS News podcast previously this year. ” You know, there are several things in this world that I actually and truly do not like, and Auburn is among them.”
Updyke spent 76 days in prison and stayed on probation for several years.
He’s paid just $6,900 of the $800,000 in restitution he was purchased to pay in charges. In a Facebook post previously this week, Updyke wrote that he prepared to take a bus to Alabama and expected to be jailed.
He ended the post with ” ROLL DAMN TIDE !!”