Mikey, on 09 March 2012 - 08:35 AM, said:
I'd like to know who Updyke's accomplice was. Updyke himself wouldn't have had the intelligence or knowledge to select this herbicide and acquire it. Somebody else is involved.
Good point. Updyke has been "disabled" for the last 20 years, living on disability checks in a house subsidized by one his high school buddies. It is not like he has been working on a farm.
But you are too narrow in your analysis of Updyke's lack of intelligence and knowledge. Updyke's lack of intelligence and knowledge spans far beyond horticulture.
Howard Wayne Barnes, the owner of the house Updyke rented in Dadeville also is who he rode with to Bama games. Barnes and Updyke went to high school together. Updyke rented his house at a "nominal fee", because Updyke is a friend, according to Barnes. Barnes accompanied Updyke to the 2009 BCS Championship game.
I can only assume the police questioned Barnes. Even if he was not involved, Updyke may have bragged to him. Unfortunately, Barnes, like Updyke, is a former Texas law enforcement officer, so he probably thinks he is above the law.
Updyke's son Bear lives in Texas, so I doubt he would be involved.
As an alibi, Updyke claimed he heard someone saying they would poison the trees after the 2010 Iron Bowl. I wonder if Updyke did work with some yokel Bammer he just met. Or was he actually talking about a conversation with Barnes?
I say break out the waterboard.