Proceedings delayed for former state Rep. Viers

Former South Carolina state Rep. Thad Viers

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - A former South Carolina House member is getting more time to prepare his defense on federal money laundering charges.

Local media outlets report a judge Tuesday gave attorneys for former state Rep. Thad Viers more time to get ready for trial. Jury selection had been scheduled for February.

The Myrtle Beach Republican has pleaded not guilty to 14 charges. Federal prosecutors say Viers helped a businessman hide assets, then lied about it to federal agents.

Viers faces more than 100 years in prison if convicted on all federal charges. He was seen as a rising political star, even after a 2007 no-contest plea to illegal communication for threats made to a man who was dating Viers' estranged wife.

Viers resigned from the House after a 2012 arrest on harassment charges.