Jon Woods Defense Rests Its Case


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — The defense team representing former State Senator Jon Woods rested its case sooner than expected in Fayetteville’s federal court today.

The fraud trial continued today with Woods’ defense team calling only one witness. Though woods was expected to take the stand himself, that never happened.

Woods and consultant Randall Shelton are charged with directing state funds to Ecclesia College in exchange for kickbacks between 2013 and 2014. 

New today, Elizabeth Newlun, academic dean at Ecclesia, acknowledged that she’s the fourth-highest paid employee at the school.

The government contends Newlun was hired as a favor to Woods as part of the kickback scheme, which she denies.

Following  Newlun’s testimony, the Woods defense rested. 

John woods himself never took the stand.

After that, multiple character witnesses were called for Shelton, including former president of Ecclsia College, Oren Paris.

Once on the stand, Paris quickly exercised his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself.

Shelton’s defense will continue presenting its case on Monday. 

The judge says this case is ahead of schedule and could wrap up as early as next Thursday.

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