Toomer's Corner Oaks to Be Cut Down April 23

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By Alabama News Network

The Auburn City Council has set April 23 as the date when the iconic Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University will be removed.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that removal of the trees will require closing city streets in the area.

City Manager Charlie Duggan said the removal has tentatively been set for 7 a.m. to noon on April 23, but the time is subject to change depending on weather and how long the removal takes. That would be following a final celebration for Auburn fans after the spring A-Day game.

University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke is accused of poisoning the Toomer's Corner oak trees during Auburn's run to the national championship in the 2010 football season.

Updyke has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to charges that include desecrating a venerable object. He faces trial as early as next month. His case has been moved to Wetumpka because of pre-trial publicity in Lee County.

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