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Ex-'Survivor' producer extradited to Mexico in wife's slaying

February 8, 2012 |  2:29 pm
Bruce Beresford-RedmanA former "Survivor" producer accused of killing his wife during a family vacation in Cancun was extradited to Mexico on Wednesday to stand trial, his attorney said.

Bruce Beresford-Redman, 40, was released Wednesday morning from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles and transferred to the custody of U.S. marshals, federal authorities said.

Beresford-Redman is charged in Mexico with aggravated homicide in the death of his wife, Monica Burgos Beresford-Redman, 41.

Her body was found in a waste-water tank near the hotel room where the couple was vacationing with their two young children in April 2010, three days after guests at the resort reported a loud argument coming from the couple's room.

An autopsy determined she suffered a blow to the head with a metal tube or bat and died by asphyxiation.

In a statement, the Burgos family hailed the extradition and said they would follow the case to Mexico and monitor the prosecution.

"After nearly 15 months in United States custody, Bruce will finally be returned to Mexico to stand trial for Monica’s murder," the family statement said.

"This day marks a major milestone in our journey to ensure justice for Monica."

In December, a federal judge ruled there was enough evidence to extradite Beresford-Redman to Mexico to stand trial in his wife’s slaying. Beresford-Redman opted not to appeal that decision.

“He decided to go to Mexico to defend himself,” said Richard Hirsch, one of his attorneys.

“He's always professed his innocence and he hopes that the court in Mexico will assure him a fair trial, after which he's confident he will be exonerated," Hirsch said.

Beresford-Redman is scheduled to appear before a judge in Cancun next week, Hirsch said.


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Photo: Former 'Survivor' producer Bruce Beresford-Redman boards flight to Mexico on Wednesday.

Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5