TV Producer Won’t Fight Extradition To Mexico
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A reality show producer charged with murdering his wife during a Mexican vacation is dropping his extradition fight and will stand trial in Cancun, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Bruce Beresford-Redman’s attorney said the onetime “Survivor” producer has decided not to appeal a Los Angeles federal court ruling upholding his extradition to Mexico.
“He feels he is not going to prevail on appeal and he’d like to get moving on proving his innocence,” said attorney Richard Hirsch.
He said the producer could be sent to Mexico within 60 days following review of the extradition request by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Beresford-Redman, 40, is being held in a Los Angeles federal prison.
Monica Beresford Redman, 42, disappeared from a Cancun resort where the couple was vacationing with their two children last year. Her body was found stuffed in a sewer cistern.
“He is innocent and it is his hope that the court in Mexico will assure that he receives a fair trial in which, he is confident, he will be exonerated,” Hirsch said.
The family of Monica Beresford-Redman has said the couple went to Cancun to try to save their marriage. They claim Bruce Beresford-Redman, who is also the co-creator of the series “Pimp My Ride,” was having a long-term affair with another woman. His wife, originally from Brazil, owned and operated a restaurant in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez upheld an extradition order earlier this month, saying that there are many pages of competent evidence supporting prosecution claims that the producer killed his wife.
“All of this evidence points to homicide committed by the fugitive,” said the judge’s ruling.
Prosecutors presented statements from hotel guests who said they heard loud arguing and cries of distress coming from the couple’s room on the night Monica Beresford-Redman went missing.
The producer’s attorneys have claimed the noises came from Beresford-Redman and his children playing loud games throughout the night. They introduced statements from the couple’s 6-year-old daughter to corroborate the claim, but judges who have reviewed the case were not swayed.
Beresford-Redman had been ordered to stay in Mexico after his wife’s body was found but he left and returned to his home in Los Angeles. He voluntarily surrendered to U.S. authorities after a warrant was issued in Mexico for his arrest.
Hirsch said that Beresford-Redman’s family has been in contact with a Mexican lawyer who will represent him at trial. Mexican courts do not have juries and the producer will be tried by the same judge who issued the warrant for his arrest, Hirsch said.
If he is convicted of aggravated homicide in Mexico, he faces 12 to 30 years in a Mexican prison.
His two small children have been placed in the custody of Beresford-Redman’s parents with visitation by their mother’s sisters.