A man who became known on the Internet as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” has been indicted on murder charges in the killing of a 74-year-old lawyer in his home in New Jersey.
According to NJ.com, Union County prosecutors say that 25-year-old Caleb McGillivary could face a maximum life sentence of 30 years in prison if he is convicted of the first-degree murder of Joseph Galfy. The murder indictment was handed up by a Superior Court grand jury.
Galfy’s body was found on May 13 in his Clark Township home. He and McGillvary met in New York City and McGillvary remained Galfy’s home, authorities say.
Several days after the body was found, McGillivary was arrested in Philadelphia, the Associated Press reported.
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In a Facebook post on May 14, McGillivary had pointed out that he was drugged and sexually assaulted in Galfy’s home.
“What would you do if you woke up with a groggy head, in a stranger’s house, realizing that someone had drugged and raped you? What would you do?” the accused killer allegedly posted on his Facebook.
Then-Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow called the comments “self-serving.”
Union County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Peterson, the lead prosecutor in the case, said that someone who worked at a coffee shop Philadelphia called two days later in a tip that led police to detain McGillivary at a Philadelphia Greyhound Lines Bus terminal, according to NJ.com.
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The public defender’s office, which represents McGillivary, does not comment on cases.
A native of Canada, he gained some online fame after he stopped a February assault in California by using a hatchet. McGillivary had beat a man he had accepted a ride from and who tried to run down a utility worker.
A fan made Facebook campaign page was started online to raise money for his defense.