Jury Selection Set for Harvey Updyke Trial

By: associated press
By: associated press
Lawyers in the trial of Harvey Updyke want to know about the favorite school of potential jurors.

Crews work to remove toilet paper from one of two poisoned oak trees before spraying the leaves with a coating at Toomer's Corner in Auburn, Ala.

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) -- Lawyers in the trial of Harvey Updyke want to know about the favorite school of potential jurors.

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday in the trial of the Alabama fan, who's accused of poisoning two oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner.

Among the questions submitted by Updyke's attorneys is one asking whether potential jurors would "make a decision based upon the defendant being a University of Alabama sports fan."

The trial is in Lee County, a few miles from the Auburn campus.

Defense attorney Everett Wess says jury selection might continue until late in the week.

Updyke allegedly poisoned the trees after Auburn beat Alabama during the Tigers' 2010 national title season.

The 63-year-old has pleaded not guilty on charges that include criminal mischief and desecrating a venerable object.

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