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Former Survivor Producer Beresford-Redman Arrested; Next Stop Mexico for Accused Wife Killer?

The bell has tolled for Bruce Beresford-Redman's freedom.
/ Source: E!online

The bell has tolled for Bruce Beresford-Redman's freedom.

The former Survivor producer, who is charged in Mexico with killing his wife Monica while on a family vacation in Cancun, was arrested Tuesday by U.S. marshals and is now in federal custody while extradition proceedings get underway.

Further details weren't immediately available, but Mexican authorities have been itching to get their hands on him since May.

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Beresford-Redman was picked up at his parents' home in Rancho Palos-Verdes, where he's been living with his two kids.

He has maintained that he is innocent and recently won a court battle against his late wife's sisters, who were seeking custody of their niece and nephew, when a judge awarded guardianship to Beresford-Redman's parents.

"After seven months of tremendous agony, the Burgos family is relieved to learn tonight that Bruce Beresford-Redman has been taken into federal custody," the family's attorney, Alison Triessl, said in a statement obtained by E! News.

"However, they know that this is not the end in their quest for justice for their sister Monica and are prepared to pursue this horrific tragedy to the end. The family wishes to thank everyone for their continued support."

Monica's body was found in a septic tank outside the Cancun hotel they were staying at in April, several days after her husband reported her missing. Cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation.

According to the federal criminal complaint issued prior to today's arrest, Beresford-Redman is charged with aggravated homicide in the state of Quintana Roo.

View the federal complaint

Court documents state that an English family also staying in the hotel at the time provided a handwritten statement to hotel security in which they claimed to have been awakened by "screams, crying for help and extremely loud banging in the room above [theirs]."

"It sounded like a woman in extreme distress," the statement said.

Responding to today's turn of events, Beresford-Redman's attorney, Richard G. Hirsch, expressed disappointment.

"Based upon our investigation, he is an innocent man being wrongfully accused by a foreign government," Hirsch said in a statement. "We hope that after full consideration of both sides, a federal court will decide not to extradite him."

Beresford-Redman is due to appear in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon. He's behind bars tonight at the Metropolitan Detention Center downtown.

--Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum

(Originally published Nov. 16, 2010, at 5:24 p.m. PT)

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