McGillivary Pleads “Not Guilty” To Clark Murder

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ELIZABETH – The suspect in the killing of a 73-year-old Clark attorney is not guilty of the crime, according to his lawyer.

Caleb McGillivary, 24, is accused of the murder of Joseph Galfy, whose body was discovered in his Starlite Drive home on May 13. A public defender entered the “not guilty” plea on McGillivary’s behalf before Judge Brenda Coppola Cuba on Monday. He is being held at Union County Jail in Elizabeth with bail set at $3 million.

McGillivary achieved a degree of internet fame as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” thanks to a video interview in which he said that he used a hatchet to save a utility worker who was being attacked by a trucker in Fresno in February.

McGillivary was arrested in Philadelphia on May 17, shortly after police identified him as a suspect in the Clark killing.

The case will now be heard by a grand jury who will determine if there is sufficient evidence to bring the case to trial

The charges against the defendant are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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