ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man who gained Internet fame as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” has been indicted on murder charges in the beating death of an elderly New Jersey man.
Caleb McGillvary, 25, could face a life sentence if he’s convicted. A county grand jury handed up the indictment Wednesday.
McGillvary is accused of killing 74-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy, whose body was found May 13 in his Clark home. McGillvary was arrested in Philadelphia days later.
McGillvary and Galfy met in New York City, and McGillvary stayed at Galfy’s home, authorities say.
McGillivary had previously suggested in a Facebook post that he had been 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 supposedly posted on Facebook.
McGillvary is represented by the public defender’s office, which doesn’t comment on cases.
The Canadian gained some online fame after intervening in a February assault on a California utility worker in which he described using a hatchet to fend off a further attack.
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