A former producer of the reality TV show Survivor was ordered to be returned to Mexico to stand trial in the killing of his wife while the couple were on a luxury holiday with their young children to repair their troubled marriage.
Monica Beresford-Redman's naked body was found in a sewer cistern at an upmarket Cancun resort in April 2010.
Bruce Beresford-Redman's lawyer said he would appeal, and federal prosecutors said it could take months or even a year before the Emmy-nominated producer might be sent to Mexico.
Beresford-Redman has been jailed since November. US Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian said yesterday the evidence presented by prosecutors supported Mexico's aggravated homicide charge, which could send the producer to prison for 12 to 30 years if he is convicted.