News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Nov. 11, 2019: A US-born, Connecticut man will be back in court in Anguilla today to face a manslaughter charge.
Scott Hapgood is
charged with the death of hotel worker Kenny Mitchel. Hapgood has said Mitchel
came to his family’s hotel room back in April saying he needed to fix a sink.
Once inside, he claims Mitchel reportedly pulled a knife and tried to rob him.
Both reportedly got
into a physical altercation and Mitchel later died.
however, maintains his innocence, saying he was acting in self-defense. An
autopsy has revealed that Mitchel had high levels of drugs in his system. A Medical
Examiner’s report, obtained by The New York Times, said that Mitchel had a
lethal dose of cocaine in his system at the time, and that he died from that
and not from Hapgood’s actions.
appearance will determine if a jury should hear the case.
The Hapgoods have
recently taken a more active role in publicizing their side of the story in
Last month, the
case caught US President Donald Trump’s attention who sent out a tweet that
seemed to be a direct response to a segment that ran on Fox & Friends.
“Will be looking
into the Scott Hapgood case, and the Island of Anguilla,” Trump wrote in
October. “Something looks and sounds very wrong. I know Anguilla will want
to see this case be properly and justly resolved!”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal also called on Anguilla to provide safe passage to
Hapgood for his next court hearing.
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