"Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" Pleads Not Guilty - NBC 10 Philadelphia

"Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" Pleads Not Guilty



    Kai Leaving Philly Prison

    Kai, the hatchet-weilding internet celebrity who is now accused of murder, is leaving his Philly prison for another jail cell. (Published Tuesday, May 28, 2013)

    A man who gained Internet fame as "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" has pleaded not guilty through a lawyer to a murder charge.

    Caleb McGillivary appeared Monday in a Union County jail courtroom.

    The 24-year-old is accused of killing 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy.

    Galfy's body was found May 13 in his Clark home.

    Wearing an oatmeal-colored T-shirt, McGillivary stood behind thick glass in court today.

    He questioned Judge Joan Robinson Gross numerous times about his plea and bail.

    Authorities say McGillivary and Galfy met in New York City and that the two had a sexual encounter when McGillivary stayed at Galfy's home.

    McGillivary was arrested in Philadelphia days later. Police say he spent May 13 in Philadelphia sightseeing with friends and later stayed at a home in Glassboro, N.J. The next day, he was dropped off at a PATCO train station in Haddonfield, N.J.

    McGillivary was caught later that week after a barista at a Starbucks in the Old City section of the city recognized him and called police. He left before officers arrived, but they were able to track him down at the Center City Greyhound bus station later that evening.

    McGillivary took a star turn in February after intervening in an attack on a Fresno, Calif. utility worker.

    He described himself as "home free" instead of homeless and said he's from West Virginia.

    He is actually Canadian.


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