DARIEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — The man from Connecticut accused of killing a hotel worker in Anguilla did not go back to the island for a pretrial hearing Monday.

A spokesperson says Scott Hapgood, of Darien, is worried for his safety, and Anguillan officials didn’t guarantee he could return home after the hearing.

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Hapgood says he was defending his family in April when Kenny Mitchel showed up at his hotel room with a knife and demanded money.

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Hapgood was charged with choking Mitchel to death, but toxicology results reportedly show a lethal amount of cocaine could have killed Mitchel.