Alabama to hold a passport of a German man accused of the fire

OPELIKA, Ala. – A judge has refused to return a German man passport as he faces charges in Alabama accusing him of setting a fire at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn, which is a popular place to celebrate Auburn University football wins.

Jochen Wiest is accused of setting fire to the toilet paper that covered one of the Toomer’s oaks after the Auburn-Louisiana State University football game. He is charged with criminal mischief; desecration of a venerable object, and public drunkenness.

Wiest ‘ s lawyer had asked that he have his passport back, saying in court papers that he is not for himself financially in the United States and needs to go back to Germany.

But a judge on Wednesday disagreed, saying he feared Wiest could stay in Germany. The judge said that he expected that a plea hearing will be set for the month of January.

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