Transcript for US man charged in Anguilla worker's death speaks out
a Connecticut father charged with killing a row tell worker while on vacation in the caribbean. Scott Hapgood is speaking out ahead of a court date tomorrow saying he was fighting for his family and his life and that he'd do it again. Eva pilgrim here with the latest. Good morning, Eva. Reporter: Scott Hapgood says he protected his two young daughters in the room. This morning he says he's hanging on by a thread. This morning, the Connecticut dad accused of manslaughter after killing a hotel worker at a five-star caribbean resort speaking out. It's been a living nightmare. Reporter: Scott Hapgood was vacationing with his wife and three kids in anguilla in April when he says 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 that Mitchel then stabbed and bit him during a struggle. Hapgood's daughters ran for help. Officials say Mitchel died of positional asphyxia and blunt force injuries. Hapgood spending several days in custody. ? It was a terrifying experience on the island post the arrest, having spent multiple nights incarcerated. Reporter: A toxicology report obtained by ABC news state Mitchel had high levels of alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time of his death. ABC news has not independently verified the report and authorities in anguilla would not confirm the results. This morning, with Hapgood out on bond, there is uproar in anguilla he was allowed to leave the island seen here boarding a private jet in April. His lawyer says she is concerned for his safety and the legal process ahead. I worry about Scott's ability to get a fair trial when relevant information is withheld and a persistent narrative has been given to the potential jurors, the people of anguilla. Reporter: Hapgood expected to return to the island for a Thursday hearing in accordance to his bond agreement maintaining it was self-defense. Telling CBS news, he was protecting his family. All I did was defend my young daughters in front of an attacker that was crazed and desperate and I have to just hold on to that fact. I would do it again. Reporter: Now, Hapgood says this is the first time he's had any kind of legal trouble and he's nervous about the whole process but he says he knows he and his family were victims and he thinks the truth will come out. George. Okay, Eva, thanks. Let's bring in Dan Abrams for more. Now, he made this agreement to go back as part of his bond agreement but would have been forced to go back anyway. A smart move to announce that he's going to come back, that he will be there when they need him there because he would have gotten extradited anyway, it seem, based on an extradition agreement between anguilla and the United States for this kind of crime. His claim, self-defense, what is he going to have to show? It's a tricky situation. The most important question is why was the victim in the room? If the victim came there uncalled for, if he came there without any request to be there, that's a very good fact for him in terms of showing self-defense because, again, this is his room. He's there with his girls. Why would this person be there? If for any reason he knew the person was going to be there, called him to be there, et cetera, that could undermine his claim of self-defense. The second question is going to be even if there was no reason for him to be there, did he need to use deadly force? I think that's going to be one of the key questions, you have an eyewitness who says, I arrived on the scene. I was telling him to stop -- The ultimate victim couldn't breathe. He could have stopped earlier so there will be two really critical question, one is why was the victim in the room, number two, was deadly force necessary? How about his girls? You mentioned them. They're witnesses as well. They were eyewitnesses to what happened. They're going to be asked to testify. They're going to be very important in terms of what they saw. They're the ones who ran down to get help as soon as the fight begins. So they're going to be absolutely critical and, you know, you have to believe that they're going to support their dad. What about this toxicology report that says the victim had drugs in his system? Very bad for him. The idea that he has cocaine and he's drunk at work undermines the claim that, hey, he's just a guy doing his job showing up, you know, the fact that he's got that kind of drugs, that kind of alcohol does not help for the victim. Dan Abrams, thanks very much.
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