No Change of Venue for Former TSU President's Trial

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HOUSTON (AP) - A judge has denied a request by the former president of Texas Southern University to move her trial out of Harris County.

The court is gearing up for jury selection in Priscilla Slade's trial on charges of using almost $300,000 in school funds to decorate her home. She faces two counts of misapplication of fiduciary property over $200,000.

Slade's attorneys say extensive media coverage makes finding a fair jury impossible there.

Defense attorney Mike DeGeurin says the judge may change his ruling when he receives juror questionnaires about their knowledge of the case and their ability to remain impartial.

Assistant District Attorney Donna Goode pointed out that jury pool in Harris County includes 2.8 million people. She says Slade brought on some of the media coverage by writing a public letter and participating in broadcast programs.

Slade was the school's president for more than six years before she was fired last year after her spending was made public.

She denies any wrongdoing.