Extradition hearing today for mother of Hollywood arson suspect

May 17, 2012

Daily News Los Angeles on May 17, 2012 released the following:

“By Fred Shuster City News Service

LOS ANGELES – The mother of a man suspected of setting dozens of fires in Hollywood, West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley over New Year’s weekend will face an extradition hearing today. | POLICE NEWS

Dorothee Burkhart, 53, is fighting extradition to her native Germany, where she is wanted on a host of fraud charges.

Attorneys for both sides are expected to argue before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick, who rejected a request to free Burkhart on bail pending today’s proceedings.

The woman has described herself as the sole link between her “mentally ill” son, Harry, and “the outside world.” Her 24-year-old son faces trial on dozens of arson-related charges stemming from the series of fires that terrorized Los Angeles over four nights at the start of the year.

“I was the person who was the bridge between the outside world and the inside of his brain,” Burkhart said at a previous hearing.

Her arrest pending extradition is thought to have sparked the arson rampage allegedly committed by her distraught son, her only child.

An attorney for Harry Burkhart asked Eick in court papers last week to temporarily suspend the extradition proceedings on the grounds that the mother is a key witness in her son’s case.

Dorothee Burkhart is accused in Frankfurt of subletting apartments that she did not own, failing to pay rent and security deposits on other locations, and defrauding a cosmetic surgeon out of about $10,000 for breast augmentation surgery for which she never paid, according to court papers.

The extradition process can take upward of a year, federal prosecutors said. It took about four months to extradite former TV producer Bruce Beresford- Redman to Mexico to face charges for the killing of his wife — an unusually short amount of time because Beresford-Redman decided not to appeal the judge’s extradition order.

Harry Burkhart faces 100 felony charges related to 49 blazes set between Dec. 30 and Jan. 2. Most of the fires began in automobiles but usually spread to homes in Hollywood, West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and surrounding areas.

His bail has been set at $7.5 million. A trial date has not been set.”

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Ex-‘Survivor’ producer’s extradition in wife’s slaying is upheld

December 22, 2011

Los Angeles Times on December 22, 2011 released the following:

“A federal judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to justify extraditing a former “Survivor” TV show producer to Mexico to face trial in his wife’s slaying.

Bruce Beresford-Redman is charged with killing his wife, Monica, while on holiday in Cancun. Her body was found in a sewer at the resort hotel where the couple was vacationing with their children in April 2010.

The couple had allegedly argued about his infidelities at the hotel, and other hotel guests reported hearing loud noises and cries for help coming from the room.

In July, a U.S. magistrate judge ruled there was probable cause to extradite Beresford-Redman to Mexico.

The producer, who maintains he is innocent, asked U.S. District Court Judge Philip S. Gutierrez to overturn the decision, saying there was not enough evidence to constitute probable cause for extradition.

Gutierrez denied the request Wednesday, citing “pages upon pages of competent evidence demonstrating that the fugitive committed the offense for which extradition was sought.”

“The Certification [of Extraditability] summarizes the 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 cellphone behind, scratches and abrasions upon the fugitive’s body, and the fugitive’s flight. All of this evidence points to homicide committed by the fugitive,” he wrote.

The defense team could still file a petition with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the decision. Otherwise, the U.S. State Department will make the ultimate decision on the extradition request.”

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US Fights Producer’s Bid to Overturn Extradition

November 1, 2011

Associated Press

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to reject a reality TV producer’s petition to overturn an extradition order on allegations that he killed his wife during a vacation in Mexico.

The filing Monday by prosecutors in Los Angeles argues that attorneys for ex-“Survivor” producer Bruce Beresford-Redman haven’t presented credible conflicting evidence that would warrant overturning the order authorizing his return to Cancun to stand trial.

Beresford-Redman filed a brief in September arguing that the magistrate judge’s extradition ruling didn’t take into account evidence favorable to him. He was charged with aggravated homicide after his wife Monica was found dead at an upscale resort in April 2010.

The latest filing says the judge considered evidence presented by Beresford-Redman, but didn’t find it compelling.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

This article was written by Anthony McCartney and published by the Associated Press on October 24, 2011

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TV Producer Accused of Murdering his Wife Fights Extradition Order

September 20, 2011

Attorneys for a former “Survivor” producer charged with killing his wife in Mexico argued in court papers filed Monday that a judge ignored conflicting evidence while permitting his extradition to stand trial in that country.

The motion filed by lawyers for Bruce Beresford-Redman contends the extradition ruling should be overturned because there is no physical evidence to support returning the reality television producer to Cancun.

The filing accuses U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian of “culling through the facts and selecting those most supportive of probable cause while rejecting those which were exculpatory or did not fit the government’s theory of culpability.”

The Emmy-nominated producer has been jailed in Los Angeles since November on a fugitive warrant. Chooljian ruled in late July there was probable cause to support his extradition.

Beresford-Redman is accused of killing his wife Monica on a family vacation in April 2010.

His attorneys filed a petition for writ of habeus corpus in August arguing that his detention was not supported by facts in the case. The filing offered no details, but Monday’s document attacks the credibility of several pieces of evidence and witness statements.

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez will consider Beresford-Redman’s petition.

Both federal prosecutors and the sisters of Monica Beresford-Redman have said they expect months of court and administrative proceedings before the producer is extradited. If he is convicted of aggravated homicide in Mexico, he faces 12 to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors have presented statements from hotel guests who said they heard loud arguing and cries of distress coming from the couple’s room on the night Monica Beresford-Redman went missing. Her body was found days later in a sewer cistern not far from the room the couple shared with their young children.

The producer’s attorneys have claimed the noises came from Beresford-Redman and his children playing loud games throughout the night. They introduced statements from the couple’s 6-year-old daughter to corroborate the claim, but the judge was not swayed.

The filing states Mexican authorities found no blood evidence in the couple’s hotel room and argued that investigators, prosecutors and Chooljian used the fact that the couple was experiencing marital problems due to an affair by Bruce Beresford-Redman to support the theory that he killed his wife.

Chooljian stated in her July written ruling that she had considered all evidence, but the facts supported the case against the producer.

This article was written by Anthony McCartney and published on September 19, 2011.

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Extradition Ordered for Former TV Producer Accused in Wife’s Murder

July 27, 2011

A federal judge in Los Angeles issued an order yesterday certifying that a former reality show producer has met the legal requirements to be extradited to Mexico to face charges of killing his wife while they were vacationing in Cancun.

Bruce Beresford-Redman’s lawyers said they would appeal the judge’s order.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian wrote in the 17-page document that “sufficient evidence has been presented to establish probable cause that Beresford-Redman … committed the offense for which extradition has been sought, namely the aggravated homicide of Monica Burgos Beresford-Redman. … the court concludes that Beresford-Redman is extraditable for the offense for which extradition has been requested.”

Defense attorney Richard G. Hirsch said he has two or three weeks to file an appeal with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If that fails, the case could eventually be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Beresford Redman is charged in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, with aggravated homicide in the death of his 41-year-old wife of 11 years. Her nude, beaten body was found at a Cancun resort on April 8, 2010, three days after her husband reported her missing.

Mexican authorities collected evidence that allegedly suggests that Beresford-Redman killed the West Los Angeles restaurant owner and then dumped her body in a sewer 25 meters from their room at the hotel where they were staying with their two children.

At a July 12 hearing in Los Angeles federal court, Hirsch and co-counsel Vicki Podberesky argued against extradition, claiming statements from the couple’s 6-year-old daughter suggest the couple were getting along during the trip and there was no evidence of a fight.

“If the court looks at this evidence through the lens of common sense,” no proof exists to suggest Beresford-Redman committed the murder, Hirsch argued then.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin R. Rhoades countered that Beresford-Redman allegedly killed his wife for three reasons — insurance money, custody of the children, and to continue an extramarital affair with a co-worker. “So, the fugitive had a motive to murder his wife,” Rhoades told Chooljian earlier this month.

The prosecutor further argued that there were “very strong grounds” to suggest Beresford-Redman was “lying in wait” for the victim and had an “unfair advantage” over her in terms of strength and size.

Rhoades said that during the final year of the couple’s marriage, Beresford-Redman became increasingly aggressive toward his wife, particularly after she found out about her husband’s affair.

According to papers filed by U.S. prosecutors, Monica Beresford-Redman was struck on the head with a bat-like object, her face was pummeled and her body sustained trauma consistent with being thrown against the hotel-room Jacuzzi. The cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation.

The prosecutor alleged the “victim fought back,” leaving scratches and bruises on her husband’s head and body. Defense attorneys maintain the injuries were the result of a Cancun jungle boat trip the family took days earlier.

Police searched the couple’s hotel room and allegedly found blood spatter throughout the bathroom, on a pillow, on a piece of furniture and on a balcony leading to a garden, according to court documents.

On the day his wife disappeared, prosecutors allege Beresford-Redman placed a “Do Not Disturb” placard on their hotel room door and refused to allow the maid to clean until a day later.

Rhoades said that hours before he reported his wife missing, the suspect’s electronic room key card shows the door was opened and closed several times around 4 a.m., possibly to “see if the coast is clear before disposing of a dead

Podberesky discounted such potential evidence, saying that all Mexican prosecutors have against her client is “the idea of motive.”

Beresford-Redman left Cancun after his wife’s death and was arrested seven months later by U.S. authorities at his Rancho Palos Verdes home.

“His last act in Mexico was to flee across the border … from prosecution,” Rhoades said earlier.

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

To view the full text of Magistrate Judge Chooljian’s opinion click here.

This article was published by Fox LA on July 26, 2011.

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Bruce Beresford-Redman, a TV Producer, to be Sent to Mexico to Stand Trial

July 12, 2011

Times Union on July 12, 2011 released the following:

“ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a reality TV producer to be returned to Mexico to face a charge that he killed his wife while on a family vacation 15 months ago.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian issued her ruling after a nearly two-hour extradition hearing in Los Angeles.

Bruce Beresford-Redman has been jailed since November on a fugitive warrant issued after Mexican authorities in Cancun charged him with the aggravated homicide of his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman.

He could face between 12 and 30 years in prison if convicted.

The former “Survivor” producer can appeal the ruling, and federal prosecutors said it could be at least a year before he is sent to Mexico if he pursues all his U.S. appeals.

Beresford-Redman did not react during the hearing. He appeared in court in a jail jumpsuit and was shackled throughout the hearing.

His attorney, Richard Hirsch, argued there were major inconsistencies in the evidence, and extradition should be rejected. Chooljian, however, said she made her ruling after considering the totality of the evidence and that there was probable cause that Beresford-Redman killed his wife.

His attorneys have said he is innocent and challenged the case against him, calling it a rush to judgment.

Monica Beresford-Redman’s body was found in a sewer cistern at an upscale Cancun resort in April 2010.

Alison Triessl, an attorney for her family, said the victim’s sisters were happy with the result but realize it is another step in a long process.

“They know there will probably be appeal after appeal,” Triessl said. “It’s an important day for justice. It’s an important day so they can rebuild their lives.”

Monica Beresford-Redman owned a popular Brazilian-themed restaurant in Los Angeles.

Chooljian’s ruling came after defense lawyers withdrew a request to call as a witness the 6-year-old daughter of Bruce Beresford-Redman amid unspecified concerns about the girl’s ability to testify in defense of her father.

After months of attempting to discredit Mexican authorities and attacking the case, Beresford-Redman made another attempt Tuesday to persuade the magistrate judge that he should be freed.

The couple had gone on the trip to try to repair their marriage, which had been damaged by an affair Bruce Beresford-Redman had with a co-worker.

His attorneys claim Mexican authorities rushed to judgment and built a case accusing Bruce Beresford-Redman based on motive rather than physical evidence.

Calling the couple’s 6-year-old daughter to testify during the hearing could have been problematic.

Witnesses are not generally called during extradition proceedings, and calling a child witness might have presented issues of who would question the girl and whether her testimony should be conducted in a closed session.

Statements filed by her therapist and one of Bruce Beresford-Redman’s attorneys suggested the girl would have testified that she never saw her father act violently toward her mother during the Cancun vacation.

The girl also told the therapist and attorney that she recalled her mother leaving the hotel room to go shopping on the day she went missing.

The defendants attorneys argue that the producer had no obligation to remain in Cancun while his wife’s death was investigated, although federal prosecutors and Mexican authorities both say his return to Los Angeles was illegal and should count against him in the extradition proceeding.

Prosecutors say there is overwhelming evidence against the producer that justifies his being sent to Mexico. In court filings, they cite a resort worker’s recollection that he saw someone matching Bruce Beresford-Redman’s description attempting to strike a woman during an argument at the hotel.

They also point to a noise complaint from tourists in another room that cited screams that appeared to be coming from a woman in distress coming from the Beresford-Redmans’ hotel room.”

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TV producer accused in wife’s death seeks daughter’s testimony to prevent his extradition to Mexico

July 11, 2011

A reality TV producer is hoping his 6-year-old daughter will be allowed to testify at his extradition hearing this week and unravel authorities’ theory that he murdered his wife in their Cancun, Mexico, suite.

Bruce Beresford-Redman, who made a name for himself overseeing “Survivor,” has seemingly adopted the show’s title as his mantra as authorities seek to extradite him to Mexico on charges that he suffocated Monica Beresford-Redman in April 2010 and dumped her body into a wastewater treatment tank.

The family vacation was a last-ditch effort to repair the Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., couple’s troubled 11-year marriage, according to U.S. prosecutors and Mexican police, who said Bruce Beresford-Redman’s wife had caught her husband cheating and left him briefly in the month before her death.

But his lawyers say there was a “rush to judgment” after his wife’s body was discovered, and they will ask a federal judge Tuesday to reject extradition.

“They have mostly circumstantial evidence based on some noises heard from the hotel and some scratches on him,” said attorney Vicki L. Podberesky.

The daughter’s testimony will show there is no probable cause to support his extradition, Podberesky said, and that she last saw her mother when the woman left the suite for a solo shopping trip April 5, 2010. Monica Beresford-Redman, 41, never returned.

Bruce Beresford-Redman’s defense in court papers portrays the Cancun jurisdiction as having a history of corruption and attacks on tourists.

In 2006, a Canadian couple was killed at another Cancun resort and authorities accused two Canadian women of double murder. The crime was later found to have been committed by a hotel security guard.

Witness testimony in extradition hearings is at the judge’s discretion, and child witnesses are rare in federal court.

A judge in an extradition proceeding needs to find only probable cause, veteran attorneys said.

Bruce Beresford-Redman’s attorneys said in court papers that the girl can explain her father’s cuts and scratches and the loud noises that emanated from their suite.

The girl told her therapist and one of the producer’s lawyers that the noises were part of loud games, according to a defense motion filed last Wednesday. The screams other hotel guests heard were her brother yelling, she said.

As to the cuts, she “recalls that her father obtained scratches during a trip they took to an underground river,” and she remembers putting bandages on her father’s arms and legs.

Without the noise and scratches, the producers’ lawyers say, “there is a complete lack of forensic evidence.” They note that blood evidence examined in the room and on a pillowcase did not match either Beresford-Redman.

The lawyers say the girl would also testify that her parents did not yell at or hit each in Mexico and that her mother left wearing a blue dress the day she disappeared. Her last words to her daughter were, “I love you; I’ll be back soon.”

Federal prosecutors, however, said the move to call the girl is intended to distract the court from “overwhelming evidence” that the 40-year-old producer “killed his wife” and fled Mexico despite agreeing to remain there.

Prosecutors painted a picture of a desperate man who was caught in an affair and killed his restaurateur wife, then tried to cover his tracks.

Six weeks before her killing, Monica Beresford-Redman told her sister that she caught her husband cheating after discovering romantic emails.

The sister, Jean Ferreira Burgos, told Mexican investigators that Monica Beresford-Redman again discovered email exchanges with the other woman.

The day before his wife disappeared, the reality TV producer nearly hit his wife outside the resort, a hotel employee told Mexican investigators.

The next morning, April 5, an English family reported being awakened about 6 a.m. by screams and crying from the producer’s room.

The producer allegedly told a hotel staffer that he had been arguing with his wife over the children’s behavior.

That morning his wife went shopping about 8 a.m. and never returned, Bruce Beresford-Redman told authorities. His wife left without a passport, cellphone or key card.

That entire day, a “do not disturb” sign hung on their hotel room door.
In the early hours of April 6, a key card was used to open the room’s door, including four times around 4 a.m.

Two days later, Monica Beresford-Redman’s nude body was found in the sewage tank. There was a wound on the face and some hair had been pulled out. She had been suffocated. Her credit card and most of her money were gone, but not her wedding band.

The majority of this article was written by Richard Winton and published by the Los Angeles Times on July 11, 2011.

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Bruce Beresford-Redman Extradition Update

July 7, 2011

Regular readers may recall the posting Bruce Beresford-Redman is Planning to Ask a U.S. Federal Judge to Allow His 6-year-old Daughter to Testify at an Upcoming Extradition Proceeding that came out several weeks ago.

On July 6, 2011, the defense filed Bruce Beresford Redman’s Request to Present Testimony at Extradition Hearing.

The extradition hearing is currently scheduled for July 12, 2011 at 9:30 am before Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian.

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Bruce Beresford-Redman is Planning to Ask a U.S. Federal Judge to Allow His 6-year-old Daughter to Testify at an Upcoming Extradition Proceeding

June 21, 2011

ABC News on June 21, 2011 released the following story:

“By ANTHONY McCARTNEY AP Entertainment Writer

A reality television producer charged with killing his wife in Mexico will ask a U.S. federal judge to allow the couple’s 6-year-old daughter to testify at an upcoming extradition proceeding, his attorneys said Tuesday.

They want the young girl to be allowed to testify that she did not see her parents arguing while on a family vacation in April 2010 that ended with the body of Monica Beresford-Redman being found in a sewer at a swank Cancun resort.

Attorneys for ex-“Survivor” producer Bruce Beresford-Redman acknowledge that getting the girl on the witness stand is a long-shot. But attorneys Richard Hirsch and Vicki Podberesky said at a news conference Tuesday outside their law offices that a federal judge should allow them to present witnesses and evidence that exonerate the producer in his wife’s killing.

The girl, who was 5-years-old at the time of her mother’s death, was interviewed by a child therapist who states in court filings that the girl did not witness any violence involving her parents in their hotel room. Prosecutors contend Bruce Beresford-Redman may have killed his wife in the room they shared with their two young children, then dumped her in a sewage cistern.

If their request to present evidence and witnesses is rejected, the Emmy-nominated producer’s extradition hearing would be a short one, focusing on whether Mexico’s request to have him returned to stand trial on an aggravated homicide charge is in proper order.

Hirsch and Podberesky on Tuesday again attacked Mexico’s investigation of the case, saying there was no physical evidence that their client killed his wife. They acknowledge he had a motive — the Mexico trip had been planned to try to save the marriage after Monica Beresford-Redman discovered her husband was having a long-term affair. But the attorneys say nothing in the hotel room or at the cistern supports a case that Bruce Beresford-Redman killed his wife.

Hirsch said Tuesday that he worried about the producer’s safety if he is returned to Mexico, saying the jails in Cancun are dangerous and describing the city and surrounding areas as rife with corruption and drug violence.

The extradition hearing is scheduled for July 12, but Beresford-Redman’s attorneys are seeking a delay so that his parents can attend the proceedings. They are required to be in a Los Angeles probate court that day for a hearing on the validity of Monica Beresford-Redman’s will, which her family has challenged.

Her family has attacked the effort to bring the couple’s daughter into the homicide case.

“While we respect his right to defend himself, such a tactic is indefensible,” Alison Triessl, an attorney who represents Monica Beresford-Redman’s family, wrote in a statement. It is our hope that the Court will deny his shameless request and focus on the overwhelming evidence in this case.””

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Extradition of Former “Survivor” Producer to Mexico Underway

February 1, 2011

Mexican authorities have offered the most detailed account of their case against a former “Survivor” producer accused of killing his wife in Cancun, including chronicles of their tumultuous relationship.

The shipment of more than 400 pages of investigative documents by Mexican officials led federal prosecutors in Los Angeles on Monday to formally request that Bruce Beresford-Redman be extradited to Mexico and stand trial on an aggravated homicide charge. He is suspected of killing his wife, Monica, during a family vacation last April.

While many of the details have been previously released by U.S. prosecutors, the Mexican documents include detailed witness statements and forensic reports that Beresford-Redman’s attorneys have been seeking.

Beresford-Redman has not yet entered a formal plea. His attorneys have attacked Mexico’s investigation and its case, saying there was evidence that would exonerate their client.

Prosecutors alleged Beresford-Redman killed his wife on April 5, 2010, at a swank resort in Cancun and later placed her in a septic tank. Her body was found on April 8.

An autopsy found evidence that she had been punched in the face and asphyxiated, according to statements and reports released Monday.

In a statement to police, Beresford-Redman admitted arguing with his wife at the resort, but denied he was ever violent toward her.

Beresford-Redman has been jailed since November 16 on a fugitive warrant. Beresford-Redman will most likely fight the extradition to Mexico.

To view the extradition request and investigative documents, please click here.

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