Opening arguments set to begin in murder trial of ‘Kai the Hitchhiker’
Opening arguments are scheduled to begin in the murder trial of the man known as “Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker.”
Kai, whose real name is Caleb McGillivray, is accused of killing 73-year-old Clark attorney Joseph Galfy in 2013.
Galfy was found beaten to death inside his home after McGillivray spent the night. McGillivray was arrested a few days later in Philadelphia.
Prosecutors say that Galfy and McGillivray met each other in New York City and that Galfy invited McGillivray to stay at his home for a time.
McGillivray claims in a social media post that Galfy drugged him and sexually assaulted him.
McGillivray gained internet-fame prior to the killing due to an interview he gave with a California news station in which he described using a hatchet to fend off an attack on a utility worker. The interview went viral and has garnered over 7 million views on YouTube.
McGillivray would be charged with murder just three months later.
The “Kai the Hitchhiker Legal Support” Facebook page has over 17,000 likes.