More Restitution Sought in Auburn Oaks Poisoning

More Restitution Sought in Auburn Oaks Poisoning

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AUBURN, Ala. - Prosecutors have increased the amount of restitution they are seeking from Harvey Updyke for the poisoning of the Auburn University's landmark oaks to $1.35 million. 

Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese filed court papers Friday increasing the restitution sought from $1.04 million.

He said the prosecution is amending the amount as Auburn University compiles new cost figures. The new amount includes costs for the design concept for the new Toomer's Corner, landscape services, and consulting expenses. The actual costs are now around $675,000, but state law allows for recovering double the amount of costs.

Updyke's attorney, Andrew Stanley, told the Opelika-Auburn News that Updyke is indigent, and the burden is on the prosecution to prove he would need to pay the money.

A hearing is set for Sept. 18.

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