"Kai the Hitchhiker" Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

Monday, Jan 6, 2014  |  Updated 2:14 PM EDT
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"Kai the Hitchhiker" Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

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A man who gained Internet fame as "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the beating death of a New Jersey man last year.

The Star-Ledger reports 24-year-old Caleb McGillvary remained silent Monday while his public defender entered the plea at a court hearing in Elizabeth.

McGillvary is accused of killing 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy, whose body was found May 13 in his Clark home. McGillvary was arrested in Philadelphia days later and could face a life sentence if he's convicted.

Authorities say McGillvary and Galfy met in New York City and McGillvary stayed at Galfy's home.

The Canadian gained some online fame after intervening in a February 2012 assault on a California utility worker in which he described using a hatchet to fend off a further attack.

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