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TV producer accused of killing wife in Cancun must stay in jail in L.A.

November 29, 2010 |  5:37 pm

A federal judge in Los Angeles has rejected an effort by Bruce Beresford-Redman, the reality-TV producer accused of killing his wife during a Cancun vacation, to be released from custody.

Beresford-Redman has been behind bars since his arrest Nov. 16. He faces an extradition proceeding that could send him back to Mexico to stand trial. The producer had wanted to be released while the case is heard in Los Angeles. U.S. Magistrate Suzanne H. Segal rejected the request.

The body of Monica Beresford-Redman, 41, co-owner of Zabumba, a popular eatery and nightclub in Palms, was found April 8 in a septic tank at the luxury hotel where the couple was staying. Mexican officials said the woman died of "asphyxia by suffocation."

Bruce Beresford-Redman said he last saw his wife the morning of April 5, when she left to go shopping. He reported her missing that night.

Family members have said that the couple went to Mexico with their two children in an effort to shore up their troubled marriage, which had become strained after Monica Beresford-Redman discovered that her husband had had an affair. Her body was found on her 42nd birthday, the day the couple were scheduled to return home. An autopsy indicated that she had died that day.

The hotel staff reported seeing the couple fighting, and several guests told authorities they heard the sounds of arguments coming from their room. Bruce Beresford-Redman had scratches on his neck at the time of the investigation, Mexican police said.

After he was questioned by Mexican police, Beresford-Redman was instructed to stay in Mexico. His children returned to the United States without him. But in May, Beresford-Redman's attorney issued a statement saying that his client had returned to California to be with his children and attend to personal matters. A week later, Mexican authorities issued an arrest warrant for him.

"I am innocent," Beresford-Redman said at the time. "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."


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