"Kai the Hitchhiker" Pleads Not Guilty, Says "Oh, Cool" to Bail Set at $3M

The man, whose name is Caleb McGillvary, is accused of killing Joseph Galfy in New Jersey

Monday, Jun 3, 2013  |  Updated 2:33 PM EDT
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Caleb "Kai" McGillvary was brought back to New Jersey, where he is being held in a Union County jail. The 24-year-old internet sensation is accused of killing a lawyer he met in Times Square. Pat Battle reports.

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The Internet celebrity who gained fame as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge and said "oh, cool," when his bail was set at $3 million.

Caleb McGillvary appeared Monday in a Union County courtroom. The 24-year-old is accused of killing lawyer Joseph Galfy, whose body was found in his Clark home May 13.

His public defender declined comment.

Authorities say the two met in New York City and McGillvary stayed with Galfy.

Galfy, 73, was found in his bedroom two days later. Authorities said he was severely beaten and found wearing only his socks and underwear.

A manhunt was then launched to find McGillvary. Police say he spent May 13 in Philadelphia sightseeing with friends and later stayed at a home in Glassboro, N.J.

McGillvary was caught later that week after a barista at a Starbucks in the Old City section of the city recognized him and called police. He left before officers arrived, but they were able to track him down at the Center City Greyhound station later that night.

McGillvary took a star turn in February after he intervened in an attack on a Fresno, Calif. utility worker.

--Sheldon Dutes contributed to this story 

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