HARTFORD — The attorney representing the estate of an Anguillan hotel worker claims Darien’s Scott Hapgood “negligently” killed the man during a violent altercation in April.

But attorney Steven Seligman contends there appears to be no obvious reason why Hapgood, a 44-year-old Darien resident, was involved in the confrontation with Kenny Mitchel, 27, an employee of the Malliouhana resort.

“How is it that a man who was 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighed 130 pounds just happened to go to the hotel room of a 6-foot, 4-inch tall, 285-pound former football player, which Hapgood is, to rob him?” Seligman said. “I can’t even consider the implausibility and unreasonableness of that scenario.”

Seligman spoke at length Tuesday at his Hartford office on the lawsuit filed last week on behalf of Mitchel’s estate against Hapgood. The family wants Mitchel’s side of the story to be told, the attorney said.

“This trial will be the opportunity to seek the truth,” Seligman said.

An attorney for Hapgood could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Hapgood has been charged with manslaughter and is now also considered a fugitive after skipping a court date last month on the Caribbean island, citing safety concerns, fears of not receiving a fair trial and being held in jail. Anguillan authorities have threatened to obtain a warrant for Hapgood’s arrest, but no warrant appears to have been issued and island officials have declined to comment.

Seligman believes a warrant has been obtained, but Hapgood would have to be taken into custody through an extradition process at the federal level, which would include President Donald Trump agreeing to turn him over to Anguillan authorities.

Trump has expressed support for Hapgood’s plight. Anguilla is a British territory with an extradition treaty with the United States.

Seligman filed the wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, as a way of bringing the action to Hapgood who is not likely to return to the island unless he’s extradited.

“Hapgood has fled Anguilla as a fugitive, but in some small measure, Anguilla has come to him,” with the lawsuit, Seligman said.

What happened in the hotel room in April in front of two of Hapgood’s children remains in question with Seligman contending Mitchel was killed after an unprovoked attack. Hapgood’s attorneys said he acted in self-defense after Mitchel showed up to fix a sink that wasn’t reported broken and began to behave erratically.

The lawsuit stated Hapgood kept his elbow on the younger man’s neck for 30 minutes, which likely led to his death. Police have provided few details on the case and it is not clear why it took authorities about 45 minutes to arrive at the hotel room.

At least three hotel security staff and possibly other employees watched as Hapgood straddled Mitchel while keeping his elbow on the younger man’s neck, Seligman said. There is no explanation as to why staff stood by without taking action to either take Mitchel into custody or remove Hapgood from the scene until police came at least 40 minutes after the hotel was alerted to the altercation.

The lawsuit said Mitchel died of prone restraint, positional asphyxia and blunt-force trauma to the head, neck and torso. An autopsy concluded similar findings, however, a toxicology report later found Mitchel had a lethal amount of cocaine in his system.

Like all of the evidence in the case, Seligman has not seen the toxicology report, he said.

“All that I know about what is allegedly in Kenny’s system comes from press accounts,” Seligman said. “Like all of the evidence, when we have access to it, we will have it analyzed and evaluated for reliability.”

Emily Rebecca Garlick, the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, and Mitchel’s father, Gerard Neville Mitchell, have been appointed representatives of the estate, which is seeking more than $75,000 for the physical and emotional pain.

Mitchel was charged with sexually assaulting Garlick a few weeks before his death and continued to work at the hotel while the charges were pending. Garlick recanted the accusations after Mitchel died.

The lawsuit claims Garlick and Mitchel’s father will no longer be able to depend on his income and support due to the death.

The estate is suing only Hapgood, who Seligman said “bears sole responsibility for Kenny Mitchel’s death.”

Under the Anguillan Fatal Accidents Act, the estate had one year from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit, Seligman said.

The criminal charges against Hapgood are essentially stalled since he refuses to return to Anguilla, Seligman said. But eventually authorities will move forward with the charges without Hapgood and make a determination if the case will go to trial in a higher court, or if the charges will be dropped, the attorney said.

The estate will continue with the lawsuit even if the charges are dropped, Seligman said.