'Survivor' Producer To Stand Trial for Murder
Mexican prosecutors charged Beresford-Redman with slaying his wife.
Mexico City -- Former Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman will stand trial in Mexico for the murder of his wife after a court ruled on Wednesday that there is sufficient evidence to hear the prosecution's case.
Beresford-Redman's wife, Monica Burgos, was found in a sewer in 2010 in the beach resort city of Cancun. She was vacationing with her husband and two children. Prosecutors in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Quintana Roo say they have witnesses who heard the couple fighting in their hotel room prior to Burgos' death. Homicide agents found the victim's body with strangulation marks.
Burgos' family alleges that Beresford-Redman was having an affair with another woman and claims the trip to Cancun was an attempt to save their marriage.
Beresford-Redman, who has maintained his innocence throughout the entire ordeal, fled Mexico to the U.S. several weeks after the murder had occurred. The former Pimp my Ride producer did not appeal a recent Los Angeles federal court ruling that upheld a Mexico extradition request. Beresford-Redman arrived in Mexico earlier this month and he and his lawyers were hoping to convince a judge to throw out the case, but to no avail.
Local media quoted Beresford-Redman's attorney on Wednesday as saying the defense will appeal the judge's decision to go forward with the trial.
If convicted, the reality TV producer faces up to 30 years in prison for charges of aggravated homicide.