Tuesday, July 12, 2011

'Survivor' producer to stand trial in Mexico

Former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman has been ordered to return to Mexico to stand trial for the murder of his wife.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian issued her ruling Tuesday after an extradition hearing in Los Angeles.

Beresford-Redman appeared in court in a jail jumpsuit and was shackled throughout the hearing. He did not react during the hearing.

Beresford-Redman has been in jail since November when U.S. authorities arrested him on a fugitive warrant out of Mexico. He's accused of murdering his wife, Monica, at a resort in Cancun in April 2010 and placing her body in a sewage cistern.

Beresford-Redman's defense team had hoped to put on the stand his 6-year-old daughter, who had responded to attorneys' questions about that night in April when there were loud noises coming from the family's hotel room.

Tuesday morning though, the defense decided to not to call the child to the stand.

The body of Monica Beresford-Redman was found in a wastewater cistern days after Bruce says she went on a shopping trip.

Pursuant to the extradition treaty, the fugitive will now be tried in Mexico under the standards employed in Mexico, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Rhoades.


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