Bruce Beresford-Redman faces Mexico murder trial
Reality show producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, who is charged with murdering his wife during a Mexican vacation, is dropping his extradition fight and will stand trial in Cancun, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Beresford-Redman’s attorney, Richard Hirsch, said the onetime “Survivor” producer has decided not to appeal a Los Angeles federal court ruling upholding his extradition to Mexico.
“He feels he is not going to prevail on appeal, and he’d like to get moving on proving his innocence,” Hirsch said.
He said the producer could be sent to Mexico within 60 days following review of the extradition request by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Beresford-Redman, 40, is being held in a Los Angeles federal prison.
Monica Beresford-Redman, 42, disappeared from a Cancun resort where the couple was vacationing with their two children last year. Her body was found in a sewer cistern.
“He is innocent, and it is his hope that the court in Mexico will assure that he receives a fair trial in which, he is confident, he will be exonerated,” Hirsch said.
The family of Monica Beresford-Redman has said the couple went to Cancun to try to save their marriage. They claim Bruce Beresford-Redman, also the co-creator of the series “Pimp My Ride,” was having a long-term affair with another woman.
U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez upheld an extradition order earlier this month, saying that there are many pages of competent evidence supporting prosecution claims that the producer killed his wife.
Beresford-Redman had been ordered to stay in Mexico after his wife’s body was found but he left and returned to his home in Los Angeles. He voluntarily surrendered to U.S. authorities after a warrant was issued in Mexico for his arrest.
If he is convicted of aggravated homicide in Mexico, he faces 12-30 years in a Mexican prison.