Toomer's trees poisoning news conference - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Toomer's trees poisoning news conference

AUBURN, AL (WBRC) - Auburn University announced Thursday morning a news conference to discuss developments in the poisoning of the Toomer's Corner oak trees.

School officials, in a statement Thursday morning to FOX6 News, said the news conference would be held at 10:30 a.m. in front of Samford Hall. It said Auburn administrators and local law enforcement officials would discuss developments in the poisoning of Toomer's Oaks.

FOX6 News plans to carry that news conference live on FOX6 and FoxAlabamaLive.com.

Wednesday, Auburn University announced the oak trees at Toomer's Corner had been given a lethal dose of herbacide.  School officials said horticulturalists were attempting to save the trees, but did not believe the trees would survive.

Investigators began examining the trees after a caller to the Paul Finebaum Radio Network said he had poisoned the trees. Finebaum told FOX6 News local, state and federal investigators were looking into the story, which began on his show on January 27 when a man calling himself "Al from Dadeville" called in to the show claiming to have poisoned the trees. The man said he poisoned the trees the week after last year's Iron Bowl because he said he saw a newspaper clipping from 1983 showing Auburn fans rolling Toomer's Corner the day former Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant died.

The identity of the man was not known Wednesday night.

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