Harvey Updyke, who is accused of poisoning the oak trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn, was given a new court-appointed attorney Friday.
Lee County District Court Judge Russell K. Bush appointed Jerry W. Hauser to represent Updyke, who was arrested early Thursday morning for criminal mischief in the first degree, a Class C felony. If convicted, he could face a punishment of one to 10 years in prison.
Updyke's original court-appointed attorney, Philip O. Tyler, filed a motion to be taken off the case Thursday, citing a conflict of interest. It was granted Friday.
Tyler is a former part-time professor at Auburn and has represented the university in the past. He also has lived in the city since 1988 and has "numerous personal and family ties" to the school, according to documents filed in court.
Updyke is currently being held on $50,000 bond.