AUSTIN, Texas -- A jury has been chosen in Texas for the trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who is accused of illegally financing Texas GOP legislative races in 2002.

After more than eight hours of jury selection in Austin, a panel of six men and six woman as well as two alternates were picked Tuesday to hear the case. Testimony is expected to start Monday.

Potential jurors were quizzed on whether their political beliefs could interfere in their ability to make an impartial decision about DeLay, a highly polarizing ex-politician. Most said it wouldn't affect them.

The 63-year-old former Houston-area congressman is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. DeLay says he committed no crime.