CANCUN, Mexico (CBS) — An attorney for former “Survivor” producer Bruce Beresford-Redman says his client fainted when a Mexican judge ordered him to stand trial in the murder of his wife.
Prosecutors say a judge ruled Wednesday that there is enough evidence to try Beresford-Redman in the 2010 death of his wife, Monica.
Beresford-Redman, who was extradited to Cancun Feb. 8, is accused of luring his wife to Mexico to patch up their failing marriage. After her murder, he left Mexico with the couple’s two children.
Prosecutors say they have statements from hotel guests who heard the couple arguing the night Monica disappeared. However, Beresford-Redman’s lawyer says there is no blood or DNA evidence linking him to the crime.
“He is presumed guilty until proven innocent, which is a stark difference from American law. He’ll get a lawyer, a Mexican lawyer and he’ll probably have an American lawyer there, too,” CBS2 legal analyst Steve Meister said.
Beresford-Redman was in U.S. federal custody for more than a year before deciding not to fight extradition.
“It was a relief. We have been waiting for that for two years,” Carla Burgos, the victim’s sister, said last week when Beresford-Redman was returned to Mexico. “It has been hell. It has been so difficult.”
If convicted, he faces 12 to 30 years in a Mexican prison.