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Jury deadlocked on use of funds for decorating

HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors deliberating whether Texas Southern University's former president misspent school funds to lavishly decorate her homes told a judge Wednesday they are at an impasse.

In a note to state District Judge Brock Thomas, the jury in the trial of Priscilla Slade said they are deadlocked by an 8-4 vote, but did not indicate which way they were leaning.

Jurors said they wanted advice from the court on how to proceed. Thomas told attorneys he would instruct jurors to continue deliberating.

Slade, 55, is on trial for one of two counts of misapplication of fiduciary property with a value over $200,000. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.