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TV producer's marital problems probed in slaying of wife, Cancun authorities say [Updated]

April 22, 2010 |  7:08 am

Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redmond

The family of a Westside nightclub owner has presented Mexican authorities with correspondence showing marital problems between her and her TV producer husband, who is a suspect in her strangulation slaying at a Cancun resort.

Family members said Monica and Bruce Beresford-Redman went to Cancun to try to save their marriage. They said that Bruce, a producer on such shows as "Survivor" and "Pimp My Ride," had an affair and that the couple was considering divorce.

Mexican prosecutors told reporters in Cancun that Monica's family showed them a "serial of exchanges" between the couple.

"Excuse me for not releasing the contents of the documents, which showed the state of the relationship," Rodolfo Garcia Pliego, a prosecutor, told reporters. "It appears there were problems there."

[Updated at 7:39 a.m.: ABC News quoted portions of the correspondence: "She has gone even further than I thought she would," Bruce Beresford-Redman reportedly wrote in one e-mail. "She has denied me access to my children. ... She has shut me out of my home, she has liquidated all my money and ... she has alleged at my daughters school that I am abusive and unfit.]

Prosecutors in Cancun said they were awaiting DNA and forensic tests before taking action in the case of the death of Monica Beresford-Redman.

Authorities said she died of strangulation but also suffered several blows to the head. She died sometime on April 5, and her husband reported her missing the following day. Her body was found April 8, dumped in a sewer. Authorities reportedly do not believe she was killed there.

Bruce Beresford-Redman, 38,  is barred from leaving Mexico until the investigation is complete. He has been called a "person of interest" by the police, who have said there are "inconsistencies" in his story.

He has denied any role in the slaying.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: KTLA