Published On: Tue, May 28th, 2013

Caleb ‘Kai’ McGillivary, hatchet wielding hitchhiker, headed back to court for murdering Joe Galfy

A man who gained Internet fame as “Kai, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker” will be returning to New Jersey to face a murder charge in the death of a lawyer.

Caleb “Kai” McGillivary waived extradition Monday in a brief hearing in Philadelphia, where he was arrested earlier this month after being spotted in a Starbucks.

Caleb ìKaií Lawrence McGillivaryMcGillivary, age, 24, is charged with killing Joseph Galfy Jr., age 73,  after the pair met in New York City. Authorities say Galfy was found beaten to death in his bedroom in Clark, New Jersey.

Authorities allege McGillivary and Galfy met in Times Square the weekend of May 11. They then drove to Galfy’s home where McGillivary spent at least one night and beat Galfy to death, according to authorities.

McGillivary became a minor Internet celebrity in February after intervening in attack on utility worker in Fresno, California.

He gave an interview to a local television station describing how he used a hatchet to fend off the attacker.

The clip has been viewed millions of times on YouTube and led to an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for McGillivary.

McGillivary has described himself as “home free” rather than homeless, and said he is from Sophia, West Virginia. He claimed that he is “already dead” to anyone he grew up with.


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