Posted by Jerry Hinnen
It's been a big 24 hours for the legal system in the state of Alabama, as grand juries have handed down two high-profile indictments.
The first is of accused Toomer's Corner oaks poisoner Harvey Updyke, against whom a state grand jury issued six new indictments May 11, the Birmingham News reported yesterday. In addition to his previous district court charge of first-degree criminal mischief, Updyke now also faces "two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of desecrating a venerable object, and two counts of a state law that includes making it unlawful to damage, vandalize, or steal any property on or from an animal or crop facility."
Updyke will be arraigned on the new charges May 26, with his trial currently scheduled to begin June 20. (The trees Updyke stands accused of poisoning are, unfortunately, not doing well at the moment.)