An international arrest warrant has been filed for Scott Hapgood, the Connecticut man accused of killing a hotel worker in Anguilla . Hapgood was absent at Monday's hearing, and the attorney general in the British Caribbean said he was now considered a fugitive.
Hapgood is charged with murder in the death ofwho was assaulted by Hapgood at a resort on the island in April in front of his two daughters.
The Hapgood team stated that they were not returning to the island because of concerns about its safety. In response, the magistrate in Aguila called the concerns "completely unfounded." He also described Hapgood's absence from appearing in court as a "deliberate challenge" and went on to state that "he would not be allowed to escape justice."
The $ 74,000 Hapgood bond issued in April for its release has been strengthened. His team told CBS News that they had not yet heard the news of the arrest warrant, although they knew it was possible.
Classifying Hapgood as a fugitive would lead to extradition if the Trump administration cooperates. President Trump said last month he was watching the case closely and said something "looks and sounds very wrong."