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TV producer accused of killing his wife remains in custody

December 7, 2010 |  6:41 pm

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

Beresford-Redman, 38, was arrested last month at his Rancho Palos Verdes home and faces extradition to Mexico where he would stand trial. Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal determined that Beresford-Redman was a flight risk and ordered him to remain jailed during the proceedings.

On Tuesday, Segal dismissed Beresford-Redman’s argument that his due process rights had been violated, a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman said.

The former "Survivor" producer and co-creator of MTV's "Pimp My Ride" was taken into custody by U.S. marshals and FBI agents five months after Mexican authorities accused him of murdering Monica Beresford-Redman, 41, co-owner of Zabumba, a popular eatery and nightclub in Palms. Her body 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."

After he was questioned by Mexican police, Beresford-Redman was instructed to stay in Mexico. His two children returned to the United States without him. But in May, his 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.

Beresford-Redman is being held at a federal detention center in Los Angeles.


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