Murder Charges Expected Against 'Survivor' Producer

Wife of Former Survivor Producer May Have Been Stranged, Officials SayABC News
The wife of former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman may have been strangled and beaten, Mexican authorities said. The Hollywood producer is under investigation in the death of his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman. He insisted that his wife disappeared after leaving the resort, but police have their doubts.

Murder charges against the former "Survivor" producer linked to the death of his wife in Cancun nearly two months ago could come Monday, Mexican authorities said today.

A recommendation to charge Bruce Beresford-Redman with the murder of his wife, Monica, will be presented to a Mexican judge Monday, likely to be followed by an arrest warrant, according to Mexican attorney general Francisco Alor.

Beresford-Redman's lawyer, Richard Hirsch, said he would fight extradition if his client is charged.

He also suggested Mexican authorities look into other violent incidents that have occurred at the same resort, including a Scottish woman who was found dead last year.

"We hope that the attorney general is not just trying to clear this case off his desk or in any case trying to protect the tourist industry of Cancun," Hirsch told "Good Morning America."

Monica Beresford-Redman's body was discovered in a hotel sewer in Cancun, Mexico on April 8. She had apparently been beaten and strangled.

Husband Took Out Life Insurance Policies on Wife

The news of pending charges comes just days after ABC News confirmed Bruce Beresford-Redman took out two life insurance policies for his wife a week before her body was found.

Sources told ABC News last week that one of those life insurance policies paid out $50,000 in case of accidental death while traveling. The other would pay $500,000. The policies were also taken out on the couple's children.

Experts said news of the insurance policies only builds the case against Bruce Beresford-Redman, who Mexican authorities previously named as their sole person of interest in the death of Monica Beresford-Redman.

"It's going to poison the public perception of him, which is a real problem," California criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos said last week. "If charges are filed, this doesn't help his case."

The policies were purchased in late March, one from Worldwide Insurance, the other from InsureMyTrip.com.

"It adds to evidence of motive. They already have quite a bit of that," criminal defense attorney Roy Black told "Good Morning America." "More importantly, it tends to show premeditation."

Richard Hirsch, Beresford-Redman's attorney, confirmed the existence of the policies but said the beneficiaries are the children, not his client.

It's just the latest question mark for Beresford-Redman, who left Mexico last weekend without the knowledge of investigators there and returned to his Los Angeles home.

The attorney general in Mexico is calling the crime "first-degree homicide" and said Mexican authorities are willing to work with international authorities to make sure it doesn't go unpunished.

But Black said building a case against Beresford-Redman may not be as easy as some seem to think.

"I don't necessarily think it's a slam-dunk case, because where's the exact evidence of the killing?" he said. "Where is the piece of evidence that he strangled her, that he did this crime, something to connect him directly to this killing?"

Typical evidence, including the presence of DNA, will be harder to work with, because it would be common to find one spouse's DNA on the other, he said.

In Cancun, Monica Beresford-Redman's sister Jeane Burgos said her sister didn't sound happy when they last talked, about 24 hours before she died.

"She always had a positive attitude. She never let herself down," Burgos said. "And, at that moment when I spoke to her, I really felt that her hopes were running out."

TMZ Reports Grandmother Lied to Kids About Mother's Death

According to court filings obtained by TMZ, Monica Beresford-Redman's sister Carla Burgos claims the children were told gruesome details about an accident that never happened.

Bruce Beresford-Redman's mother Juanita told the children, TMZ says Burgos claimed in the legal documents, that "their mother had been hit by a car, fell, and hit her head."

"She further told the children that no one in Mexico knew their mother, so no one could find her until their father finally found her in the hospital," the filing said, according to TMZ, "and at the time she was already dead."

An ABC News camera last week recorded Beresford-Redman driving into the garage of the home he once shared with his wife for the first time since she died.

When asked how he was holding up, Beresford-Redman replied, "I don't even know how to answer that question."

He was seen pitching a tent in the backyard while the couple's two young children watched.

His attorneys have said he left to avoid spending months, if not years, in jail while Mexican authorities build their case. He has yet to be charged with any crimes, but Mexican authorities have named him as a person of interest in his wife's death.

An attorney for Monica Beresford-Redman's sisters issued a statement saying, "the family is in shock."

"We plead that if he intends to run again that he not involve the children," the statement read.

Jeane Burgos, now back in Los Angeles, told ABC News while she was in Cancun that "there is a part of me that was sorry I wasn't able to be there for her, to save her.

"But I want her to know," she said, "we are going to do everything, everything that it takes."