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Harvey Updyke Released from Detention Center

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OPELIKA, Ala. -

After 76 days in the Lee County jail, the man who poisoned the Toomer's Corner oaks at Auburn walked out of the detention center.

We first showed you Harvey Updyke Jr. leaving Lee County in a live stream on wrbl.com Monday morning.

Harvey Updyke's attorney says there will be no reason for Updyke to return to Lee County.

He is on his way to Louisiana to be with his family. His exit from Lee County marked a new chapter in an emotional case that has gone on for more than three years.

With his attorney and bail bondsman at his side, Harvey Updyke walked out of the Lee County detention center freed from jail.

"He is very sincere. He wants to go back to Louisiana. He never wants to be heard from again," said Updyke's attorney Andrew Stanley.

Updyke got in a truck. From there he would leave Alabama quickly to get back to his wife, daughter, and  new granddaughter that he has yet to meet.

While the Alabama portion of Updyke's sentencing is over, he still has five years of probation. When he goes home to Louisiana, he has another trial, a verbal assault case, where the charges are currently pending.

His probation gives him a 7pm curfew and forbids him from attending any college sporting events.

"He can't go anywhere for five years. He couldn't go to a NAIA shuffleboard match if he wanted to. He can't do anything," said Stanley.

This three year saga started with a call to the Paul Finebaum radio show where Updyke said he poisoned the trees. Updyke's attorney confirmed that Finebaum visited Updyke in jail over the weekend. But, he doesn't believe it was a probation violation.

"I will try to get in touch with Mr. Finebaum and order him that he is no longer supposed to speak to Mr. Updyke about anything," Stanley said. "Mr. Finebaum is certainly part of the media. That is just not allowed."

Stanley says Updyke is healthy for a 64 year old man. He had only one request after he left jail.

"He wanted a banana and he got a banana. That's it. He wanted a piece of fruit. Seriously, that is all he wanted. No other request. Just a piece of fruit," said Stanley.

Updyke will be 69 years old when his probation ends.

The state of Alabama is also seeking more than a million dollars from Updyke in restitution fees for poisoning the Toomers Oaks.

Updyke did stay in a medical pod at the Lee County jail. But, he did not have any additional security assigned to him.

Updyke poisoned the famous Auburn University oak trees in Toomer's Corner after the 2010 Iron Bowl.

 

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