Connecticut Man Accused In Resort Worker's Death Says He Acted In Self-Defense

Joe Avellar
August 20, 2019 - 6:27 pm
Malliouhana resort

Melanie Reffes for USA TODAY

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Connecticut man is facing manslaughter charges in the Caribbean after he says he killed a hotel worker there in self-defense.

On April, Darien resident Gavin Scott Hapgood and his family were vacationing at the upscale Malliouhana resort in Anguilla when he says there was a knock on the door.

Hapgood says hotel worker Kenny Mitchel gained entry to their hotel room by claiming he was sent to fix a broken sink, but once inside, he wielded a weapon and demanded money.

“All I did was defend my young daughters in front of an attacker that was crazed and desperate and I had to just hold on to that fact,” Hapgood said Tuesday.

It was the first time he had spoken publicly since the April 13 incident.

In the scuffle, 27-year-old Mitchel was killed. A toxicology report revealed he had cocaine, cannabis and a high level of alcohol in his blood at the time of his death.

An autopsy report shows Mitchel died of positional asphyxia and received blunt-force injuries to his torso.

On Tuesday, Mitchel’s mother maintained her son’s innocence and said she hoped the truth would be revealed.

“I am just praying and hoping that my child gets justice, no matter what,” she said.

Hapgood was charged with manslaughter and released on $74,000 bond. He is now traveling to and from the island to fight the charge.

“We look forward to a lot of evidence that hasn't yet been made public,” Hapgood said.