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Mexican Officials Begin Extradition Process for Accused Killer

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Officials in Quintana Roo, Mexico, have initiated the extradition process in the case of the slain Los Angeles resident and restaurant owner Monica Beresford-Redman, according to the LA Times. The suspect is her husband, reality television producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, who left Mexico against orders during the investigation of his wife's April murder. Monica Beresford-Redman was found dead in a gutter outside the Cancun hotel where the couple were staying on vacation.

As a first measure in the extradition, officials in Mexico must verify the suspect's whereabouts; recently, for about one week, Beresford-Redman could not be located in Mexico, and eventually surfaced back in Los Angeles prior to his late wife's funeral and a legal attempt to be granted custody of their children. It is not clear how Beresford-Redman was able to leave Mexico without his US passport, which he was asked to surrender during the course of the investigation.

Beresford-Redman's attorney, however, has said he will fight his client's extradition, and that there had been no legal expectation for him to remain in Mexico.