Connecticut man accused of killing worker in Anguilla Hotel
A Connecticut man accused of killing a hotel worker while on vacation in Anguilla did not return to the British Caribbean for a hearing Monday, citing threats against him and insisting authorities there they cannot guarantee its safety.
Darien County spokesman Scott Hapgood's family said the USB financier was worried about his safety; He is reportedly worried that Anguillan officials cannot assure him that he may return to the United States after a preliminary hearing.
Officials refused to let Hapgood appear via video link, said family spokesman Jamie Diapheria. It was unclear what the next steps in the case would be.
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August photo of Scott Hapgood, an American financial advisor accused of killing a hotel worker while on holiday in Anguilla. (AP Photo / Baby Matthews, File)
"Despite the injustice of the accusation, Scott has cooperated with Anguillan's legal process and returned to the island three times for hearings in an attempt to clear his name," Diaper told the Darius Times.
Hapgood, 44, is accused of killing Kenny Mitchell on April 1
3 at the Malliouhana Hotel. He said he was with his two daughters in their hotel room when Mitchell, 27, came in, saying he was sent to fix a broken sink.
He raped and attacked Hapgood with a knife and demanded money, ie. said Hapgood. After the fight, Mitchell died and Hapgood was charged with murder.
An autopsy report states that Mitchell was suffocated to death. The toxicology report says a lethal amount of cocaine killed him.
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"We understand that there will be people in the process . This is 100 percent false, "said Hapgood's lawyer, Julia Arbisman, adding that her client was afraid of his safety.
" There's nothing Scott wants more than to clear his name and get his life back. she continued, Patch reported. "But he cannot clear his name if he is dead or if the legal process to which he is bound is radically addicted and unjust."
Scott Hapgood with his wife and children (courtesy of the Hapgood family)
Hapgood was released on $ 74,000 bond following his arrest and flew back to the United States.
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US Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, came to the defense of Hapgood during a rally last month and stated that he signed a letter with which calls on the British Government to ensure its safety.
President Trump tweeted last month that he would look around. the case, after Hapgood's wife, Kali, urged him to intervene.
He wrote, "Something looks and sounds very wrong."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.