'Survivor' producer extradited to Mexico on murder charge

Carla Burgos (R) hugs her attorney Alsion Triessl after a news conference on the extradition of Bruce Beresford-Redman to stand trial in Mexico for allegedly killing Monica Beresford-Redman, sister of Burgos, in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - Reality TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman was extradited to Mexico Wednesday to face trial for the murder of his wife, according to his spokesman.

Beresford-Redman, 40, an Emmy-nominated former producer of CBS's "Survivor" and MTV's "Pimp My Ride," is accused in the death of Monica Burgos, 41, his Brazilian-born wife of 11 years, at a Cancun resort in April 2010.

Beresford-Redman had reported her missing three days earlier while the couple was on vacation with their two children.

"This day marks a major milestone in our journey to ensure justice for Monica," Alison Triessl, attorney for Burgos' family, said in a statement Wednesday. "It has been nearly two years since our beloved Monica was savagely murdered by her husband, Bruce."

Beresford-Redman faces the possibility of 12 years to 30 years in prison, according to Mexican authorities.

In their extradition order, Mexican prosecutors accused Beresford-Redman of killing his wife to collect life insurance on her, to get custody of their children and to continue an extra-marital affair with a colleague.

The television producer fled Mexico for the United States two weeks after his wife's body was found despite the fact Mexican authorities had confiscated his passport.

He initially tried to fight extradition but gave up the legal battle after a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled in December against his request to stay in the United States.

His lawyers, Richard Hirsch and Vicki Podberesky, issued a statement after the ruling that said, "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."