Things keep getting worse for Harvey Updyke

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NEW ORLEANS – Harvey Updyke, accused by law enforcement of poisoning the trees at Auburn’s famed Toomer’s Corner, is in trouble with the law again.  According to media reports Updyke was arrested last week in Hammond, Louisiana of making a terrorist-like statement to a Home Depot manager. According to ESPN and the Times-Picayune, a police report said that Updyke tried to return a lawnmower to the home improvement retailer, and got angry when the store would not give him a full refund.

“He had a sad story,” Hammond Police spokesman Lt. Vincent Giannobile said, according to the paper. When the police arrived at the store, the officer advised Updyke to call an attorney. Updyke refused and said “he would take care of this on his own.” “He said he was going to prison anyway, he had a bad heart, and he didn’t care. He kept insinuating that he wasn’t going to take no for an answer.”

Updyke, who is also wanted in Texas on the same charge, is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 1 for the Auburn tree poisoning. He is accused of poisoning the century-old trees after the Tigers beat the Crimson Tide during Auburn’s 2010 national title season. Updyke has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect on charges that include criminal mischief and desecrating a venerable object.

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