Mexico waiting for forensic tests before deciding on arrest of TV producer in wife’s death

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mexico: Producer stays free pending forensic tests

CANCUN, Mexico — Mexican investigators are waiting for the results of forensic tests before deciding whether to arrest a Hollywood television producer in the death of his wife, authorities said Monday.

Quintana Roo state Attorney General Francisco Alor gave no details during a news conference on what tests were performed on the body of Monica Beresford-Redman.

Former “Survivor” producer and “Pimp My Ride” creator Bruce Beresford-Redman is barred from leaving Mexico and his passport has been confiscated.

His wife was found dead in a sewer at the Moon Palace resort last week. Investigators say witnesses saw the couple arguing the night before the producer reported her missing.

A lawyer for Monica Beresford-Redman’s sisters, Carla and Jeane Burgos, said Monday that they had sought help from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

“We have asked the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to assist in any way that they can in the ongoing investigation into the murder of Monica Burgos,” attorney Alison Triessl wrote in a statement.

District attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said representatives of the Burgos sisters met with staffers Monday. She declined to offer any details about the meeting.

Triessl said Carla and Jeane Burgos are mourning their sister’s death and will speak further when the time is right. “Both are committed to making sure that justice is served for Monica,” Triessl said.

Alor has previously said the Monica Beresford-Redman’s body had scratches on the neck, signs of asphyxiation and evidence of a heavy blow to the right temple. Investigators believe she was suffocated Monday night before being dumped in the sewer about 80 yards from her hotel room, he said.

Her husband had scratches on his face and arms, Alor said, and several guests heard an argument in the couple’s room Monday night. Bruce Beresford-Redman told a hotel employee sent to check on them that they were arguing about their two children, Alor added.

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