More charges possible for man accused in Toomer’s Corner fire

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – Grand jurors will consider additional charges against a man arrested following a fire that an expert says probably killed one of the new oak trees at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that a judge decided to send the case against 29-year-old Jochen Wiest to a grand jury following a hearing Wednesday.

Wiest was arrested after flames engulfed toilet paper covering a tree at Toomer’s Corner after Auburn beat LSU on Sept. 24. The tree is a replacement for one of the oaks poisoned by an Alabama football fan.

A police officer testified Wiest was wearing an Auburn cap and had a lighter. And a tree expert testified the burned oak is likely dead.