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Internet star Kai arrested on N.J. murder charge

By Staff reports

CLARK, N.J. -- A homeless drifter who says he is from Raleigh County and who gained national attention after police said he stopped an attacker in California, has been arrested and charged with murder over the death of a New Jersey lawyer.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 24, in connection to the fatal beating of Joseph Galfy Jr. in Clark, N.J., on May 13. Various news outlets reported Friday that McGillvary was arrested at a Philadelphia bus station.

McGillvary, also known as Caleb Kai Lawrence and Kai Nicodemus, became famous when a Fresno County, Calif., TV reporter's interview with him went viral on the Internet.

In the video, McGillvary described how he hit a man on the head with a hatchet after the man attacked a group of people at a construction site.

McGillvary told the reporter he was from Sophia, W.Va., but travels around the country hopping on trains.

On May 13, police in Clark, N.J. found evidence linking McGillvary to Galfy's slaying, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said in a news release.

Autopsy reports show that Galfy died from severe blunt-force trauma to the head.

McGillvary cut his hair to hide his appearance, Romankow said.

He said McGillvary is homeless but considers himself "home free" and gets by relying on generosity from strangers.

The Union County Crime Stoppers offered a $5,000 reward leading to McGillvary's arrest. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim set McGillvary's bail at $3 million.


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