Tree fire at Auburn's Toomer's Corner goes to grand jury

AP News
Posted: Oct 20, 2016 12:34 PM

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The case against a man accused of torching one of Auburn University's famed oak trees at Toomer's Corner is going to a grand jury.

The Opelika-Auburn News ( ) reported Thursday that a judge sent the case against Jochen Wiest, 29, of Auburn to a grand jury to consider an indictment following a hearing Wednesday.

Covering the Toomer's oaks with toilet paper after Auburn football victories is a school tradition that had been frustrated after University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke poisoned the original trees, which were removed and replaced with new oaks in February 2015. This fall was the first season when school officials allowed fans to resume rolling the young trees with the highly flammable paper.

Wiest was arrested as flames engulfed one of the young trees after Auburn beat Louisiana State University on Sept. 24.


Information from: Opelika-Auburn News,