‘Dream vacation became a nightmare:’ Darien man accused in resort killing responds to civil suit

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Scott Hapgood, a Darien man accused of killing an Anguillan resort worker, has filed a response to the civil lawsuit filed against him by the family of the worker.

The family of Kenny Mitchel filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hapgood, who faces a manslaughter charge in the Caribbean country.

An autopsy showed Mitchel had lethal doses of cocaine in his system at the time of their altercation.

According to the filed response, a “dream vacation” for Hapgood and his family turned “into a nightmare.”

“A nightmare where Mitchel viciously stabbed, clawed, bit, and beat Scott. A nightmare where Mitchel put Scott in fear for his life and his family. Scott’s nightmare continues to this day and the full extent of the consequences of Mitchel’s actions remain to be seen.”

An autopsy showed Mitchel had lethal doses of cocaine in his system at the time.

According to the response, Mitchel came to the door dressed in a hotel uniform and asked to come inside to fix a broken sink. Scott then let the man inside, who then “drew a knife, demanded money, and then physically attacked Scott.”

“The attack was violent and prolonged. Mitchel, who toxicology reports demonstrate was high on cocaine and marijuana and drunk at the time, fought furiously, stabbing Scott and biting, clawing and hitting him. Scott endeavored to defend himself and to protect his daughters R. and H. as any father would do. Scott’s daughters tried to pull the man away from their father and then ran to get help.”

The response says that Scott restrained Mitchel until the authorities arrived.

“Mitchel, tragically, died there an hour later from an overdose of cocaine, according to the toxicology report prepared by the Anguillan authorities.”

Steven Seligman, who represents Mitchel's family in Anguilla, told News 12 in December that he is not convinced by the toxicology results.

Read the full response below:

 

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