Bruce Beresford-Redman Update: Ex-"Survivor" producer to make his case in court
(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Reality television show producer Bruce Beresford-Redman will make his case Tuesday for why he should not be returned to Mexico to stand trial on a charge that he killed his wife at an upscale Cancun resort 15 months ago.
Beresford-Redman will try and make another attempt at convincing a U.S. magistrate judge that he should be freed. Federal prosecutors will try to show that there is probable cause that the former "Survivor" producer killed his wife and that he should be sent to Cancun to stand trial on an aggravated homicide charge.
His wife Monica Beresford-Redman was found in a sewer cistern at the resort where she and her family were staying. The couple went on the trip to try to repair their marriage, after Bruce Beresford-Redman had an affair with a co-worker.
Bruce Beresford-Redman's attorneys want the couple's 6-year-old daughter to testify during the hearing, but the U.S. Magistrate Judge has yet to rule on the issue.
Witnesses are not generally called during extradition proceedings.
In statements filed by her therapist and one of Bruce Beresford-Redman's attorneys, the girl would testify that she never saw her father act violently toward her mother during the Cancun vacation. The girl also told the therapist and attorney she recalled her mother leaving the hotel room to go shopping on the day she went missing.
Bruce Beresford-Redman has been jailed since November, when U.S. authorities arrested him on a fugitive warrant based on the homicide charge filed in Mexico.
U.S. prosecutors say there is overwhelming evidence against the producer that justifies his being sent to Mexico. In court filings, they cite a resort worker's recollection that he saw someone matching Bruce Beresford-Redman's description attempting to strike a woman during an argument at the hotel. They also point to a noise complaint from tourists in another room that cited screams coming from the Beresford-Redmans' hotel room that appeared to be a woman in distress.
If convicted in Mexico, the Emmy-nominated producer and co-creator of "Pimp My Ride" could be sentenced to between 12 and 30 years in prison.
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