Defense Begins Today in Case of ex-TSU President

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HOUSTON (AP) - The defense gets its turn today in the Houston trial of a former Texas Southern University president accused of misspending school funds.

Priscilla Slade is accused of wasting more than $500,000 of school money on lavish spending sprees for her homes.

Slade is on trial for one of two counts of misapplication of fiduciary property with a value over $200,000.

If convicted, the 55-year-old former administrator could face up to life in prison.

Slade's attorneys have said the spending was legitimate and done to court donors.

The prosecution rested yesterday.

Prosecution witnesses testified Slade used TSU money to buy a $17,000 sectional sofa, silk chairs that cost a total of almost $10,000 and a bed worth more than $9,000.

The scandal cost Slade her job last year.