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Court papers reveal graphic details in slaying of TV producer's wife

January 31, 2011 |  3:34 pm


The wife of a reality TV producer died of "asphyxia through suffocation" but also suffered a blow to the head, according to medical files released Monday.

Click to read the 438-page extradition file The documents were contained in court papers by the U.S. attorney's office filed as part of Mexico's effort to have producer Bruce Beresford-Redman face murder charges. The papers include hundreds of pages of medical records, witness testimony and crime scene photos.

EXTRADITION: Read affidavit, autopsy, statements and more

Monica Beresford-Redman's body was found April 8, 2010, in a septic tank at the luxury hotel where the couple was staying in Cancun. Family members have said that she and her husband had gone to Mexico in an effort to repair their troubled marriage. Mexican officials said she died of "asphyxia by suffocation."

Beresford-Redman has repeatedly denied that he had anything to do with his wife's death. He remains in Los Angeles this week and has not said whether he would fight extradition, which could take months or even years.

The documents provide graphic details about how authorities found her body. The report said she suffered a "chop" wound on right side of her skull.

The court papers also provide accounts from witnesses, Monica's family and Beresford-Redman.


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-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Family handout