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East Texas man accused of Auburn tree poisoning attacked

OPELIKA, AL (WBRC) - Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning the oak trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn was beat up just miles from the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika where earlier he waived his rights to a preliminary hearing.

Updyke's attorney Glennon Threatt told Fox 6 News that minutes after the hearing, Updyke was struck in the head by an "unknown assailant" at an Opelika gas station. He drove himself to an area emergency room, where he was treated and released.

"As bad as this whole tree poisoning situation was, it's even worse when an unknown assailant attacks my client," Threatt said. Threatt said a police report was filed.

JOX Radio Host Paul Finebaum reported on his Twitter account that Threatt told him they left the courthouse at 2:30 p.m., and was attacked 15 minutes later. The incident allegedly occurred at the Tiger Express gas station on Highway 280.

Earlier reports falsely stated that Updyke was stabbed and that the attack occurred before he went into his hearing.

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