CLARK, NJ – Caleb McGillvary, also known as “Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker,” is set to stand trial for the 2013 murder of a Clark attorney.
McGillvary’s murder trial is set to begin Tuesday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m., Union County Prosecutor’s Office Communications Director Mark Spivey confirmed to TAPinto Clark. The jury was selected and finalized last week, Spivey said, and Criminal Division Judge Robert Kirsch will preside over the case.
McGillvary is currently being housed in a Union County jail as he awaits trial, Union County Communications Director Sebastian D’Elia told TAPinto Clark.
According to a Facebook page titled “Kai the Hitchhiker Legal Support Page,” McGillvary first met attorney Joseph Galfy, of Clark, in Times Square, New York in May 2013. A statement written on the Facebook page alleges that Galfy drugged McGillvary’s beer while the two were eating together at Galfy’s house two days after they met.
McGillvary claims he was then raped by Galfy, according to the statement, causing McGillvary to fight off Galfy and flee the house in a drugged state. McGillvary was arrested four days later in Philadelphia and charged with first degree murder, the Facebook page says. According to the statement, McGillvary was “completely unaware that his rapist [Galfy] had died from his injuries.”
McGillvary gained notoriety after a February 2013 video interview, in which he describes allegedly preventing an assault by using a hatchet on the alleged attacker. McGillvary had been hitchhiking with a male driver who, McGillvary said, claimed to be Jesus Christ and was planning to kill people.
“I [expletive] ran up behind him with a hatchet. Smash, smash, smash,” McGillvary said during the video, which contains several expletives. The driver had struck a man with his car and later grabbed a bystander who had been trying to help, McGillvary said, prompting McGillvary to repeatedly smash the driver with a hatchet.
The Facebook page titled “Kai the Hitchhiker Legal Support Page” has over 17,000 likes and the video of McGillvary’s interview with KPMH News in Fresno, California has over 7 million views as of this writing.