'Kai the Hitchhiker' to face murder charge in NJ - New York News

Not guilty plea entered for `Kai the Hitchhiker'

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Caleb "Kai" McGillivary is seen in a screen grab from a TV interview. Caleb "Kai" McGillivary is seen in a screen grab from a TV interview.

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) -- A lawyer for the man who gained Internet fame as "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge on his behalf.

Caleb McGillivary appeared Monday in a Union County jail courtroom.

The 24-year-old is accused of killing 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy, whose body was found May 13 in his Clark home.

Wearing an oatmeal-colored T-shirt, McGillivary stood behind thick glass. He questioned Judge Brenda Coppola Cuba numerous times about his plea and bail.

Authorities say McGillivary and Galfy met in New York City. McGillvary stayed at Galfy's home. He was arrested in Philadelphia days later.

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.

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