Famed homeless hitchhiker charged with murder

05/20/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New Jersey – A homeless hitchhiker who became an Internet sensation after stopping an attack in Fresno, California has been charged with murder in New Jersey. As reported by CNN, Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, who became known by online fans as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” after using a hatchet stop an attack on two people, has been charged with killing a 73-year-old lawyer at his home.

McGillvary was arrested last week at a Greyhound bus terminal, after being accused of beating Joseph Galfy Jr. to death. A motive for the killing was not identified in the report; however, the two were believed to have carried on a sexual relationship.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow is quoted in the report as stating of McGillvary, “This man was well-known. That doesn’t mean he did not or could not become involved in a crime… We believe he has murdered someone — an attorney by the way who was in the county, was well respected, well regarded for well over 40 years.”

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