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SEVEN MONTHS INTO THE MURDER TRIAL AGAINST FORMER REALITY SHOW PRODUCER BRUCE BERESFORD-REDMAN, A “48 HOURS MYSTERY” INVESTIGATION REVEALS THAT THE CASE AGAINST HIM MAY BE FALLING APART
BERESFORD-REDMAN SAYS OF JAIL: “I’VE BEEN HERE ALMOST SEVEN MONTHS NOW AND I’VE BEEN ON TRIAL THAT WHOLE TIME, AND THERE’S NO EVIDENCE”
Bruce Beresford-Redman, a former reality show producer, has been on trial for the past seven months in Mexico for allegedly killing his wife Monica during a 2010 vacation to Cancun. However, an examination of the evidence by 48 HOURS MYSTERY suggests the case against him may be crumbling.
Jaime Cancino, Beresford-Redman’s attorney, tells 48 HOURS MYSTERY the forensics against his client have been flawed from the start. Cancino maintains some key evidence is missing and that other evidence is now contaminated with mold because it was not properly stored. “At the end of the day, he’s going to be free. I can assure you that,” Cancino says in an updated edition of 48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Fatal Episode, The Producer’s Story,” to be broadcast Saturday, Sept. 22 on the CBS Television Network (10:00 PM, ET/PT).
As 48 HOURS MYSTERY correspondent Troy Roberts reports, some of the government’s own key witnesses do not support the prosecutor’s theory of the crime. The coroner testified that Monica Beresford-Redman died nearly 18 hours after prosecutors had previously claimed, and the criminologist testified that he can find no link between Bruce Beresford-Redman and Monica’s death.
But the trial goes on. The chief prosecutor tells 48 HOURS MYSTERY that he’s concerned about protecting Cancun’s reputation as a tourist mecca. He adds that he wants to “punish” Beresford-Redman, saying his office will continue pressing for a conviction. “We have to work with what we have,” he says, and tells 48 HOURS MYSTERY they do have other evidence.
“I am looking around, waiting for someone to stand up and say, ‘Okay, well, we’ve got the wrong guy, you know, let’s get him the hell out of there,’” says Bruce Beresford-Redman in a new interview. “That doesn’t happen. It absolutely floors me.”
In 2010, Monica Beresford-Redman, 42, was found dead and naked in a sewer on the property of the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun. She’d been on vacation with her husband and their two kids.
He was questioned by Mexican authorities after his wife’s body was found. Although they kept his passport, he soon returned to California. He was later detained for a year in Los Angeles before being extradited back to Cancun last winter to face murder charges.
As Beresford-Redman’s trial continues, he tells 48 HOURS MYSTERY, “I’ve been accused of a really, really horrible crime. And I would like very much to have the chance to exonerate myself.”
48 HOURS MYSTERY will also broadcast a video the jailed father recorded for his children. “Hi, guys. I miss you very much,” Beresford-Redman says in the video. “I love you. Hopefully I’m coming home soon.”
Correspondent Roberts also talks to Monica’s sisters Carla and Jeanne, who are in a child custody battle with Bruce’s parents, and insist Bruce is right where he belongs – in jail.
48 HOURS MYSTERY’s “Fatal Episode, The Producer’s Story” is produced by Ana Real, Ira Sutow, James Stolz, Alec Sirken and Avi Cohen. Paul LaRosa and Joshua Yager are the supervising producers. Peter Schweitzer and Nancy Kramer are the senior producers. Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.
48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Fatal Episode, The Producer’s Story,” will air on Saturday, Sept. 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.