The former “Survivor” producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is found guilty in Mexico in the death of his wife during a vacation in Cancun back in 2010 and is sentenced to 12 years for a as of yet unreleased charge. He plans to appeal and during his trial, his counsel argued key forensic evidence contradicted prosecutor claims the U.S.-national strangled his wife.
CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO (FILE – 2012) (REUTERS) – A Cancun court Thursday (March 12) convicted U.S. “Survivor” producer Bruce Beresford-Redman in the death of his wife at a Cancun resort in 2010.
He was sentenced to 12 years in prison while the exact charge he was found guilty on has yet to be released.
The family of the victim, Beresford-Redman’s wife Monica Burgos, told the media the decision brings “peace” while Beresford-Redman’s family has told the media they plan to appeal the verdict.
The death of 41-year-old restaurant owner Monica Burgos occurred while the couple vacationed with their two children at a Cancun resort in April 2010. Burgos’ body was found in a sewer pipe near the resort; prosecutors said that she appeared to have been suffocated by a pillow in her hotel room.
During the trial, defence lawyers said key forensic evidence presented in court shows the victim died from drowning and exhibited no signs of violence.
“We managed to ratify the version that we have, that the death of Ms. Monica was in a cistern and not where the prosecutors’ think it happened which is in the (hotel) room. So much so that the doctor asserts that the death was in the cistern so it is not possible that it took place in another area. The question was asked and he reaffirmed and said that there is no sign of violence, so this declaration favours us,” said lawyer Carlos Grajales.
Mexican prosecutors alleged that Beresford-Redman dumped his wife’s body after a violent fight and fled to the United States. He was arrested in Los Angeles in November 2010 and has maintained his innocence.
Beresford-Redman’s defence team told media evidence in the controversial case has helped to discredit the prosecutor’s case against their client.
“The hearings continue which have gone very well for us. I think that our version of events is confirmed that the case of the prosecutors makes no sense and goes against all evidence presented,” added lawyer Jaime Cancino.
Beresford-Redman was a co-creator of the MTV show “Pimp My Ride” and a supervising producer of reality TV’s “Survivor” from 2003-2004.