Transcript for US man returns to Caribbean to face manslaughter charges
Yeah, but everybody is all right. That vacation nightmare we want to tell you about. A Connecticut father heading back to the caribbean where he is facing manslaughter charges after a deadly incident involving a hotel worker. He says he was just protecting his family. Amy is here with that story and there's new evidence that could affect the case. There is a new report out. It's going to shed light on this case. Scott Hapgood says when a hotel worker pulled a knife then demanded money from him he had to fight back to save himself and his family and, yes, that toxicology report now is shedding a whole new light on the case. This American financier is fighting for his freedom after authorities say he killed a worker during a fight at a five-star caribbean resort. 44-year-old Scott Hapgood of Connecticut was arrested in April while vacationing with his wife and children in anguilla. He says 27-year-old hotel worker Kenny Mitchel showed up claiming he needed to fix a broken sink. In a written account Hapgood provided to "The New York Times" he claimed soon after he left Mitchel in, the worker pulled a knife demanding my money and my wall lith. Hapgood says during a hard struggle he was stabbed and bitten by Mitchel several times. Hapgood telling "The times," I feared for my life as well as the lives of my daughters. Hapgood's daughters who were in the room at the time summoned help from the front desk acarding to "The times kwment the paper interviewed one of the other workers who told them he saw Hapgood straddling Mitchel and leaning on his neck and face and that Mitchel appeared to be struggling for air. Mitchel died of positional asphyxia and blunt force injuries. A report says Mitchel had a blood alcohol level of .181 and had cocaine in his system at the time of the incident. ABC news has not independently verified the report. Authorities in anguilla would not confirm or deny the results. Hapgood's attorneys releasing a statement saying Scott Hapgood had no choice but to defend himself and his children from the frenzied attack of a man under the influence of a dangerous combination of illegal drugs and alcohol. Now, Hapgood has been out on bail and back in the united States but he will be in anguilla for the court hearing on Thursday. This case as you might imagine has rocked that small caribbean island and local authorities have been criticized for letting Hapgood travel back home while he awaits that hearing. We'll certainly know a little bit more later this week. A lot of eyes on that thanks very much.
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