ELIZABETH, NJ — Caleb “Kai” McGillvary, who became an internet sensation known as "Kai the Hatch-Wielding Hitchhiker," was convicted of first-degree murder in a Union County courthouse on Wednesday afternoon.
The 30-year-old was charged with fatally beating 73-year-old attorney Joseph Galfy in his Clark home on May 12, 2013. McGillvary maintained throughout his trial that he acted in self-defense, claiming that he was victim of “date rape” by the attorney, and that he beat the older man to fend off a sexual assault.
According to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office jurors deliberated for several hours on Tuesday and Wednesday before delivering their verdict. McGillvary will remain in Union County jail until sentencing on June 13.