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TV producer free in Mexico pending tests

April 12, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
There's word Monday night that an arrest is imminent in the murder of the wife of a Hollywood television producer in Cancun, Mexico.Mexican investigators say they're waiting for forensic test results before they decide whether to charge Bruce Beresford-Redman with the murder of his wife, Monica.

Mexican authorities say they've found several inconsistencies in Bruce's account of what happened. They say they expect to arrest him for the murder of his wife. Bruce is now turning to a very high-profile Mexican attorney for help.

Bruce Beresford-Redman may be out of police custody, but he is under control of the U.S. Consulate in the city of Merida, about three hours away from Cancun and the posh hotel resort where his wife was killed.

Monica Beresford-Redman disappeared last Monday. Bruce said she went shopping and never returned. He reported her missing on Tuesday, and two days later, investigators found Monica's naked body stuffed in a sewer at the resort. She had been beaten and strangled.

Mexican authorities say that they expect an arrest soon. The prosecutor says Bruce is the prime suspect, that he had scratches on his face and arms. Hotel guests reportedly heard sounds of violent argument in the couple's room, and that a resort security guard saw Bruce try to hit Monica during a quarrel.

ABC News has learned that Bruce is now dealing with a high-profile Mexican attorney, Eduardo Amerena, the same attorney who represented reality-TV celebrity Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman. Amerena told ABC News he has spoken with Bruce, but has not officially been retained by him.

In the meantime, friends staged a candlelight vigil for Monica at the Culver City restaurant she owned.

"This place is the only thing we have left of her," said Monica's friend, Jane Guimaraes. "All the memories are here."

The couple's two children, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, are staying with Bruce's parents. But now Monica's parents have hired an attorney and are fighting for custody of the kids.


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