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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Mexican Fugitive Wanted for Murder Extradited From US

August 18, 2011

Carlos Arguelles Valencia, 48, of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico was ordered extradited to Mexico by U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward C. Voss on August 10, 2011, to face charges of intentional homicide and felony assault. He was held in federal custody without bond following his arrest by Deputy U.S. Marshals in Coolidge, Ariz., on June 9, 2011, prior to his extradition to Mexico.

“This successful extradition is another example of the collaborative efforts between Mexico and the United States to ensure that a violent criminal is brought to justice,” stated U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. “The District of Arizona will not be a safe haven for fugitives who think they can hide to avoid prosecution.”

Based on official extradition documents provided to the United States government by Mexico through diplomatic channels, the extradition request noted that on July 1, 2006, in the town of Bacame Nuevo, Sonora, Mexico, Arguelles allegedly used a gun to shoot two brothers following a fight between the brothers and members of Arguelles’ family. One victim survived his gunshot wounds. The second victim died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Eyewitnesses described seeing Arguelles shoot both victims from his truck following a graduation dance held in the town of Bacame Nuevo. Arguelles fled the scene, and lived in Coolidge, Ariz., until his arrest by the U.S. Marshals Service.

The extradition was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonell L. Lucca, District of Arizona, Phoenix, on behalf of the Mexican government, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and the U.S. Department of State. The Coolidge Police Department provided assistance to the U.S Marshals Service in Arizona.

This article was published by the Tucson Citizen on August 17, 2011.

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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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Man to be Extradited to Mexico; Faces Murder Charges

September 29, 2010

A federal magistrate in Arizona has ordered a man to be extradited to Mexico to face trial in a 2007 murder case.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Luis Breton-Vidal will remain in custody without bond pending his extradition.

He was arrested in March by U.S. Marshals in Sahuarita, Ariz.

Authorities say Breton-Vidal was wanted for aggravated homicide in Baja California, Mexico.

Witnesses told Mexican authorities that Breton-Vidal argued with the victim on March 11, 2007, and then allegedly stabbed the victim with a kitchen knife. He then fled and had been on the run for three years until he was captured in southern Arizona.

The United States and Mexico have a frequently utilized extradition treaty, due to the proximity of their borders and the need of reciprocity in criminal matters.

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