"While we recognize that the extradition process may take some time, we are elated that the process has finally begun," the family said in a statement Tuesday. Reality TV producer Beresford-Redman returned to the U.S. even though officials confiscated his passport after his wife's body was found in a sewer at a Cancun resort April 8.
"It has taken nearly two months, but we are hopeful that Monica will finally get the justice she deserves," adds the statement. "As for Bruce, we do not buy his newly found contrition."
Asserts InnocenceBeresford-Redman, 39, a former producer for Survivor and Pimp My Ride, said Monday that he was innocent. "My children have had one parent taken from them by a senseless act of violence. I implore the Mexican authorities to not take their remaining parent by a miscarriage of justice and to do what is right not just what is expedient," he said in a statement.
But Monica's family expressed their disappointment with how Beresford-Redman has handled news of his wife's death, particularly how he has not reached out to his in-laws and how he "never made any effort to locate Monica" or assist with the investigation.
"If, in fact, he is innocent then he should have no problem waiving extradition proceedings and [return] to Mexico to defend himself," the family says. "However, if he is guilty, then shame on him for exploiting his children. He should have considered them before committing this senseless and brutal act of domestic violence upon their mother."
Reporting by ELAINE ARADILLAS