Jury selection begins in Harvey Updyke trial

Harvey Updyke (Source: Auburn PD)
Harvey Updyke (Source: Auburn PD)

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

Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of the Alabama fan, who's accused of poisoning two oak trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner. Eighty-five prospective jurors filled Judge Jacob Walker's courtroom.

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 a few miles from Auburn's campus.

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

Updyke is accused of poisoning 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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