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Not guilty plea entered for 'Kai the Hitchhiker'

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 03 2013 01:02:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 03 2013 01:03:18 PM CDT
Kai hatchet wielding hitchhiker

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ELIZABETH, N.J. -

A man who gained Internet fame as "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" has pleaded not guilty through a lawyer to a murder charge.

Caleb McGillivary appeared Monday in a Union County jail courtroom. He's accused of killing lawyer Joseph Galfy, whose body was found May 13 in his Clark home.

Wearing an oatmeal-colored T-shirt, McGillivary, 24, stood behind thick glass. He questioned Judge Joan Robinson Gross numerous times about his plea and bail.

McGillivary and Galfy, 73, met in New York City, authorities said. McGillvary stayed at Galfy's home. He was arrested in Philadelphia days later.

McGillivary took a star turn in February after intervening in an attack on a Fresno, Calif. utility worker.

He described himself as "home free" instead of homeless and said he's from West Virginia. He is actually Canadian.