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Judge upholds TV producer's extradition to Mexico

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This May 26, 2010, file photo shows Bruce Beresford-Redman, the former "Survivor" producer posing for a photo at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez on Wednesday. (AP) This May 26, 2010, file photo shows Bruce Beresford-Redman, the former "Survivor" producer posing for a photo at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez on Wednesday. (AP)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Former reality show producer Bruce Beresford-Redman has decided to return to Mexico of his own volition to face trial for the murder of his wife without appealing a recent decision by a federal judge in Los Angeles allowing his extradition, his attorneys announced Tuesday.

In a two-page order denying Beresford-Redman's habeas petition and confirming an earlier extradition order, U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez wrote on Dec. 21 that there are "pages upon pages of competent evidence" pointing to the defendant's guilt in the April 2010 killing of 41-year-old Palms restaurant owner Monica Burgos.

"We are disappointed in the court's decision denying our request to prevent the extradition of our client, Bruce Beresford-Redman," Santa Monica attorneys Richard Hirsch and Vicki Podberesky said in a statement today.

But, they added: "After consultation with him, Bruce has decided not to appeal the decision and to return to Mexico and defend himself on the charges. He is innocent and it is his hope that the court in Mexico will assure that he receives a fair trial in which, he is confident, he will be exonerated."

Beresford-Redman, 40, is charged in the state of Quintana Roo with aggravated homicide in the death of Burgos, his wife of 11 years, who owned a Brazilian restaurant on L.A.'s Westside. Her nude, beaten body was found at a Cancun resort on April 8, 2010, three days after her husband reported her missing.

Evidence collected by Mexican authorities allegedly proves Beresford-Redman killed Burgos and dumped her body in a sewer near the room at the hotel where they were staying with their two young children.

At the July 12 extradition hearing, defense attorneys claimed statements from the couple's 6-year-old daughter suggest they were getting along during the trip and there was no evidence of a fight.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin R. Rhoades countered that Beresford-

Redman probably killed his wife for three reasons -- insurance money, custody of the children and to continue an extramarital affair with a co-worker.

In his ruling last week, Gutierrez summarized the evidence against Beresford-Redman as "infidelity, fighting, screaming from the hotel room, the fugitive's opportunity to dispose of the victim's body, the ultimate location of the victim's body (25 meters from the hotel room), the victim leaving her cell phone behind, scratches and abrasions upon the fugitive's body, and the fugitive's flight" from Mexico.

"All of this evidence points to homicide committed by the fugitive," the judge wrote.

The couple's two young children are in the custody of their paternal grandparents.

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