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TV producer should waive extradition, face charges in Mexico, family of slain wife says


Prosecutors on Monday issued a warrant for Bruce Beresford- Redman, former producer of the "Survivor" reality show, in connection with the death of his wife. Beresford-Redman is back in Los Angeles and has denied killing his wife.

"If in fact he is innocent then he should have no problem waiving extradition proceedings and returning to Mexico to defend himself," Monica Beresford-Redman's family said in a statement. "However, if he is guilty, then shame on him for exploiting his children, he should have considered them before committing this senseless and brutal act of domestic violence upon their mother."

"The Burgos family is, of course, relieved to learn that a warrant has been issued for Bruce Beresford-Redman's arrest. And while we recognize that the extradition process may be take some time, we are elated that the process has finally begun," the statement said. "It has taken nearly two months, but we are hopeful that Monica will finally get the justice she deserves."

Francisco Antonio Alor Quezada, attorney general for the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, said a judge in Cancun had issued an "order of arrest" against Beresford-Redman, 39, in connection with the crime of "qualified homicide" in the death of his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman, 41, who apparently was strangled.

"The order of arrest is confirmed," Alor said in a telephone interview from Mexico.

Monica Beresford-Redman’s body was found April 8 in a septic tank at the luxury hotel where they were staying outside the resort of Cancun. Family members have said the couple had gone to Mexico in an effort to repair a marriage that had been fraying in recent months.

She died of "asphyxia by suffocation," Alor said.

In a statement issued Monday by his attorney, Richard G. Hirsch, Beresford-Redman said he was "incensed at the suggestion that I could have had anything to do with her death."

"I am innocent," he said in the statement. "My children have had one parent taken from them by a senseless act of violence. I implore the Mexican authorities not to take their remaining parent by a miscarriage of justice."

-- Patrick J. McDonnell and Shelby Grad

Photo: Bruce Beresford-Redman. Credit: Associated Press

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It looks as if he were tanning with gloves on.

Why do you even cover statements from the family? Of course they want vengeance, and of course they will take it out on anyone they can. The family doesn't have all the evidence, they aren't doing the investigation, and they only know what the cops want them to know or what leaks out through the media. They are completely unreliable sources, but everybody runs to see the weeping mother and the angry father. Bad bad journalism.

He shouldn't have left the country in the first place. If a criminal leaves the U.S. to another foreign country, they would DEMAND to return that individual. He escaped justice from Mexico and naturally a judge issued an order of arrest. If he is innocent as he says, he should have stayed until their investigations were done. Leaving the country in the middle of an investigation does NOT help his case.

He's probably responsible...

However, could you imagine going back to Mexico and leaving your fate in their hands... Corrupt, inept, incompetent...Mexican police and prosecutors...You could probably get a more professional trial in Somalia....


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