Court Docs: Suspect in Cancun Slaying Wants His Kids Back

"It is my desire to immediately resume full custodial and parental responsibility," says TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman.

A television producer whose wife was killed in Mexico says in court papers filed Thursday that he's prepared to end the temporary guardianship by his parents over his two children Friday and eventually take custody himself.

In April, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff granted Bruce Beresford-Redman's parents temporary guardianship of their grandchildren, 5-year-old Camila and 3-year-old Alec.

The order, which he extended last week, is set to expire in June.

The children's maternal aunts also are competing for custody.

"As Camila and Alec's biological parent, it is my desire to immediately resume full custodial and parental responsibility of Camila and Alec, and I am capable and fit to do so," Beresford-Redman says in court papers asking for an early end to the temporary guardianship so as to clear the way for him to seek custody.

The former "Survivor" producer also says he has been living with his children in the family's residence in Rancho Palos Verdes since Sunday.

Mexican authorities had told him not to leave that country as they continued their investigation into the April death of his restaurateur wife, Monica, whose body was found in a sewer of a swanky Cancun resort where the couple was staying.

Beresford-Redman additionally states in his papers that he prefers his children not attend a public memorial service for their mother on Sunday, which he believes could draw a large crowd as well as a number of members of the media.

He says he agrees with the children's therapist that a tribute held in a smaller, quieter setting would be more appropriate for them.

In another development, ABC News reported Thursday that Beresford-Redman took out two life insurance policies on his wife a week before her body was found.

The network, citing unnamed sources, said one of those policies was to pay out $50,000 in case of accidental death while traveling, and the other would pay $500,000.

The policies were also taken out on the couple's children, according to ABC.

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