Destitute stray man Caleb “Kai” McGillvary, 30, who had a brush with Internet fame in 2013 after he saved an individual from an eventual attacker while hitchhiking, was charged Wednesday for first-degree murder in the beating homicide of a 73-year-elderly person.
McGillvary turned into a viral star in February 2013 when a
journalist in Fresno, Calif., met the “surfer dude-bro” hitchhiker.
He gave a profanity-laced, animated bound re-telling of the story, prompting a
viral online moment.
But still, the one-time hero was captured soon, a year later for
the homicide of an attorney named Joseph Galfy Jr. The pair had met in Times
Square and returned to Galfy’s home in New Jersey. After two days, Galfy was
discovered pounded to death in his room wearing just his socks and shorts.
A New Jersey court found McGillvary guilty on Wednesday. He is set
to be sentenced June 13 on the first-degree murder charge, he faces life in
But the prosecutors argued based on the statement of the county
medical examiner that Galfy’s injuries depicted “three skull fractures, four
broken ribs, and severe contusions.”
Fox News reached out to McGillvary’s defense lawyers asking if
they were going to appeal on his behalf, but received no reply while McGillvary
sits upon his jail bed waiting to be freed of the charges.