Survivor former producer stands trial for wife’s murder
Bruce Beresford-Redman, 40-years-old from Los Angeles has been ordered to stand trial over the killing of his wife Monica Beresford-Redman, 42-years-old, at a luxury Cancun resort in April 2010. The TV producer potentially facing up to 30 years in prison today spoke out from a Mexican jail cell to insist he didn’t kill his wife, who was found dead in a sewer cistern during a family holiday.
‘I didn’t kill my wife, I really didn’t,’ he told 48 Hours Mystery on CBS. ‘I can’t imagine how anyone who listened to everything said could possibly think I had anything to do with killing my wife.’
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Mrs. Beresford-Redman’s body was found when the couple was on holiday with their young children in an attempt to save their marriage, after she learned her husband was cheating on her.
‘It was her birthday,’ the Emmy-nominated producer told CBS for the show on Saturday at 10pm ET. ‘It was a family trip. And we just said: “Look, let’s just go and have a good time” – and that was it.’
The U.S. Marshals Service turned the Emmy-nominated producer over to Mexican federal police Wednesday, roughly two weeks after State Department officials signed a warrant clearing his extradition. Mexican authorities say Beresford-Redman murdered his wife ‘by asphyxiating her’ in their room on April 5, 2010.
Part of the evidence in the case includes statements from hotel guests who said they heard loud arguing and cries of distress coming from the couple’s room on the night she went missing. But his lawyer insists that the noises came from Mr Beresford-Redman and his children playing loud games throughout the night, adding that there isn’t any forensic evidence that his client killed her.
Her naked body was found in a hotel sewer three days later.
Bruce Beresford-Redman opted in December not to appeal a U.S. court ruling upholding his extradition. Mexican authorities later said they had reached an agreement for his return.
‘Bruce eagerly wants to set the record straight, confront the charges in a fair trial and return to his children,’ spokesman Stephen Jaffe wrote in an email.
A Mexican judge ordered the trial last Wednesday after deciding there was enough evidence to go ahead with it – but Jaime Cancino, defending, said his client was ‘distraught’ by the ruling and passed out when it was made.
‘It’s something very strange because there is no evidence in the case,’ Mr Cancino said, adding that he would appeal the order, announced by Quintana Roo state prosecutor Ludwin Vivas Arjona.
Beresford-Redman has also employed attorneys in Mexico to challenge the validity of the case there. He was arrested on a fugitive warrant in the Los Angeles area in November 2010.
The family of Monica Beresford-Redman said the extradition ‘marks a major milestone in our journey to ensure justice for Monica.’
Mr Beresford-Redman worked on 48 episodes of the competition reality show Survivor between February 2002 and May 2004, while he also helped produce hit MTV car series Pimp My Ride.
‘Am I a survivor or not?’ Mr Beresford-Redman told CBS.