crimesider

'Kai the Hitchhiker' Update: Caleb McGillivary, Internet celebrity, to face murder charge in NJ

In this undated photo downloaded from the Union County Prosecutorâ??s website, Caleb "Kai" Lawrence McGillivary is shown. AP Photo/Union County Prosecutorâ??s Office

Caleb "Kai" Lawrence McGillivary
AP Photo/Union County Prosecutor's Office
(CBS/AP) ELIZABETH, N.J. - A man who gained Internet fame as "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" is due to appear before a New Jersey judge to face murder charges.

PICTURES: "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker"

Caleb McGillivary is scheduled to appear Monday in a Union County courtroom. The 24-year-old is accused of killing 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy, whose body was found in his Clark home May 13.

Authorities say the two met in New York City and McGillivary stayed with Galfy. Authorities say Galfy was beaten to death and was partially clad when he was found.

McGillivary was arrested in Philadelphia days later.

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

McGillivary said he was "home free" instead of homeless and from West Virginia. He is actually Canadian.

  • Crimesider Staff

Comments

Follow Us

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.