Lamar's war against trees that block its billboards came to light last year, when former Lamar employee Robert Barnhart sued the company in a whistleblower action, alleging he was forced to trespass on private property and either poison or use a machete on trees whose branches blocked billboard sight lines.
Barnhart alleged he drove an unmarked truck around Tallahassee carrying a 55-gallon drum of poison to do the work.
In a deposition taken April 4, however, a college of Barnhart's Chris Oaks, named regional supervisor Chip LaBorde as the Lamar manager who ordered the tree-killing policy. LaBorde has since died of cancer, he testified.
Oaks added that he did the "hit-and-run" poisonings because he was scared for his job. LaBorde had jokingly threatened to shoot him if it didn't get done Oaks testified:
"I just want to get it clear that none of this was me. I did not want to do any of this."
He later added, "I was just doing what I was told."