Subpoena notes link among Arkansas senator, co-defendants

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Public records, including a federal subpoena, show that a legislative act sponsored by a former state senator established a fund that could have benefited shingle recyclers, including his two co-defendants in a public corruption case.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported the subpoena seeks details on bills tied to former Sen. Jon Woods of Springdale.

Woods faces an April 9 trial with co-defendants Randell Shelton Jr. and Oren Paris III. The government says Paris paid kickbacks through Shelton to Woods and a now-former state representative in return for state grants to Ecclesia College. The newspaper reported Thursday that Shelton and Paris own a shingle-recycling business headquartered at an address owned by Ecclesia College.

Shelton's lawyer says the recycling account was never funded and that any company could have applied for its benefits.

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