Bellman claims hotel worker was not attempting to rob father

Scott Hapgood is fighting a manslaughter charge in the death of Kenny Mitchel during a family vacation in Anguilla.
1:30 | 08/23/19

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device, a knife, zip ties and wigs. The American father charged with manslaughter, accused of killing a hotel worker in an gila. Scott Hapgood after a pretrial hearing today. He said he was protecting his family and that he would do it again. ABC's Victor Oquendo is on the scene. Scott, what do you expect to happen today? The Connecticut father fighting a manslaughter charge after a vacation in anguilla back on the island today for a preliminary hearing. We all want the same thing. Justice. For me, that moves proving my innocence. Reporter: Scott Hapgood claims handyman Kenny Mitchel came to the family's hotel room in uniform, unannounced, saying he needed to fix a sink, before pulling a knife and trying to rob him. The two men fought. Hapgood says he was stabbed and bitten. When it was over, Mitchel was dead, the coroner says from asphyxiation and blunt force trauma. Hotel bellman geshuane Clarke tells us he was called to the room when Hapgood pitched Mitchel down waiting for police. I keep insisting over and over he needs to ease up off of him. Reporter: And he wouldn't? He would not. Reporter: An unconfirmed toxicology report appears to show Mitchel had high levels of alcohol and cocaine in his system. But Mitchel's family and friends say he was not a violent man. I can put my neck on the chopping block that Kenny Mitchel didn't attempt to rob him. Reporter: Why? He has a good family, he had a good job. He was not someone desperate for money. Reporter: This case, which has galvanized the small island of an ghoul la, is just getting started. Scott Hapgood is due back in court on September 9th. David?

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