Transcript for US dad refuses to return to Anguilla for murder hearing
lit up social media. This is part of the annual meteor shower. The vacation might mare in 234 in the caribbean. He is refusing to return for trial and Eva pilgrim has more. Good morning, robin. Scott Hapgood skipping his hearing saying he's worried about his safety at the goes back. Hapgood wants to clear his name but his attorney says he can't do that if he's dead. Not returning, the Connecticut dad accused of manslaughter in the death of a hotel worker at a caribbean resort not appearing at a scheduled hearing in anguilla this week. It's been a living nightmare. Reporter: The 44-year-old investment banker was vacationing with his wife and three kids in anguilla in April when he says a resort worker, Kenny Mitchel came to the door in uniform claiming he needed to fix a sink but Hapgood says Mitchel pulled a knife on him and demanded money claiming Mitchel stabbed and bit him during a violent struggle where Mitchel died. Hapgood's daughters ran for help. He was scheduled for a hearing Monday but did not appear. His lawyers concerned for his safety if the judge revoked his bail sending him back to jail until the case is resolved. His spokesperson releasing a statement saying it has become progressively apparent that Scott would not receive a fair trial in anguilla. Suggesting that politics are governing Scott's case rather than the law and the facts. I go back and forth between anguilla and the face of significant dangers to make sure that the facts come out because the hard science shows what really happened. Reporter: Officials say Mitchel died of position ago asphyxia and blunt force injuries but attorneys for Hapgood say Mitchel had high levels of alcohol and cocaine in his system. Hapgood's legal team saying, three independent medical experts have now concluded that the attacker died due to the drugs in his system. The case sparking outrage on the island. Hapgood saying he's received multiple death threats. His legal team asking for a guarantee of safety before this hearing, something they say authorities there declined to ensure. This a statement writing, we understand there will be people in anguilla who say Scott is running from a trial. That is 100% false. There is nothing Scott wants more than to clear his name and get his life back. So what happens next? He could face more charges for not showing up and anguilla could force him to come back. Something his legal team will most definitely fight. Thank you so much, Eva.
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