Reality TV producer should be extradited to Mexico in wife's death, U.S. Justice Department says
The U.S. Justice Department on Friday filed a 45-page extradition memorandum in U.S. District Court supporting Mexico's extradition request, outlining the legal issues in the case, and summarizing the evidence presented by the Mexican government.
Beresford-Redman's lawyers have until April 29 to file a response, and if the government chooses to respond to that, it has until May 9 to do so.
The body of Monica Beresford-Redman, 41, was found April 8 stuffed head-first into a waste water treatment pump at the Cancun resort where the couple had gone in a last-ditch effort to patch up their failing marriage.
An autopsy, which is detailed in Mexico's 438-page affidavit arguing for the suspect's extradition, said she suffered a blow to the head compatible with a metal tube or bat and died by asphyxiation. Bruce Beresford-Redman, 39, reportedly had cuts on his hands, neck and feet when he was detained by Mexican authorities.
Told to remain in the country, he instead returned to his Rancho Palos Verdes home the following month. He was arrested on Nov. 16 and is being held in a federal detention center in Los Angeles, pending the outcome of the extradition proceedings.
-- Margot Roosevelt