UPDATED: Wednesday afternoon Judge Brock Thomas denied Dr. Slade’s defense team’s motion for a mistrial as a result of the deadlock. The Judge says the jurors will continue to deliberate!
Jurors deliberating whether Texas Southern University’s former president misspent school funds to lavishly decorate her homes told a judge Wednesday they are deadlocked. In a note to state District Judge Brock Thomas, the 12-member jury in the trial of Priscilla Slade said they are deadlocked by an 8-4 vote. The note did not indicate if the jury was in favor of conviction or acquittal. Jurors did say they wanted advice from the court on how to continue.
Thomas told attorneys in the case he would instruct jurors to continue deliberating. Slade, who was president of the state’s largest historically black university for more than six years, is on trial for misapplication of fiduciary property with a value over $200,000. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison. Jurors also have the option of convicting Slade of a lesser charge, misapplication of fiduciary property with a value of $100,000 to $200,000. It carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. The jury is made up of six men and six women. Two men and one woman on the jury are black.
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