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Reality TV producer not being treated fairly by Mexican authorities, attorneys say

June 24, 2010 |  2:37 pm

http://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Content/100405/News/Todays_News_Our_Take/4_thurs/100408bruce-beresford1.jpgThe attorneys for a reality television producer accused of killing his wife at a Cancun resort said Thursday they don't believe their client is being treated fairly by Mexican authorities.

Their comments come after sources told The Times and other news organizations that Mexican prosecutors have formally requested the extradition of Bruce Beresford-Redman back to Mexico from Los Angeles.

"The news, if true, is troubling and confirms our belief that the investigation into Monica's death has not been conducted in an objective, reasonable and exhaustive manner," attorneys Richard G. Hirsch and Vicki Podberesky said in a statement released by their publicist. "Notwithstanding any improprieties which may have occurred during the investigation of this matter, Mr. Beresford-Redman remains prepared to defend himself in a court of law and to answer any and all charges against him. He is innocent of the accusations which have been made against him and will vigorously defend himself."

The attorneys said in the statement that Beresford-Redman is prepared to "surrender himself to the United States Federal Court should extradition proceedings be initiated, and his counsel have contacted the appropriate federal authorities to apprise them of this."

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

Last month, Mexican officials formally accused the producer of killing his wife. This week, authorities began the extradition process.

Legal experts said the process could include input from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington and Los Angeles.

Beresford-Redman is entitled to fight extradition in federal court, the sources said. He would be entitled to bail, and to present evidence and call witnesses.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redman