Trial for Accused Toomer's Corner Oaks Poisoner Moved to Wetumpka

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By Alabama News Network

A judge is moving the trial of University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke, who's charged with poisoning the Toomer's Corner oak trees at Auburn University.

A circuit judge issued an order Wednesday transferring Updyke's trial from Opelika to Wetumpka.

The change came after prosecutors dropped their opposition to a request by Updyke's lawyers. The defense cited the difficulty of getting a fair trial near Auburn.

The Opelika-Auburn News  reports the trial is still set to begin April 8.

Updyke has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to charges of poisoning the trees during Auburn's run to the national championship in the 2010 football season.

The trees are all but dead, and the university plans to replace them soon.

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