Bruce Beresford-Redman squared off against his slain wife Monica Burgos’ family in a Los Angeles court on Monday. The former Survivor producer, who is the only suspect in Monica’s murder, won a small victory when the judge sided with him regarding visitation of the couple’s two children.
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An attorney for Carla Burgos, one of Monica’s sisters, requested one overnight visit a month and an additional hour during their current Tuesday and Sunday visits during the summer. “We’re asking for an overnight because when the kids are with us they don’t want to go back. They get very sad,” Carla said. Bruce’s attorney asked for her comment to be stricken from the record and said that the Beresford-Redman family was willing to work with the Burgos family.
Judge Mitchell Beckloff denied the overnight request and said the extra time request would have to be worked out with Bruce’s parents who have guardianship rights over the children. Beckloff said, “I don’t see any reason to expand visitation. I agree with the dad and I agree with the guardians when they say why should these kids be shuttled back and forth?” Jeane Burgos, Monica’s other sister, collapsed into tears immediately following the ruling.
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Bruce, who was still wearing his wedding ring, addressed the warrant for his arrest in his wife’s murder: “There is a warrant for my arrest in Mexico. My attorneys in Los Angeles are working with authorities there and should I be asked to surrender, we will cooperate. But, my attorneys are fighting the arrest warrant in Mexico.”
Beckloff also ruled that the sale of the couple’s Palos Verdes, Calif., home could move forward. The proceeds from the property’s sale and assets would be split in half between Bruce and a blocked escrow account.
When asked by RadarOnline.com whether he felt the custody ruling was a victory, Bruce refused to comment.