Criminal Justice

Hitchhiking YouTube star arraigned in lawyer slaying, says he couldn't call defense attorney

A hitchhiking YouTube star charged with murder in the beating death of a New Jersey lawyer at his home last month sought to have his Monday arraignment delayed because, he said, he has not been allowed to call a defense lawyer.

Superior Court Judge Brenda Coppola Cuba told Caleb McGillivary, 24, known on the Internet as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker,” that he would be allowed to call the lawyer but that the hearing had to proceed, reports the Star-Ledger. McGillivary is being held in the Union County jail in lieu of $3 million bail.

The lawyer, Miles Feinstein, confirmed to the newspaper that he has not been able to speak with McGillivary, but said he has not yet agreed to defend him in the slaying of attorney Joseph Galfy, 73.

Fans of McGillivary are seeking funding from other fans in an Internet campaign to cover his legal fees, the Star-Ledger says. At last report they had raised $1,467.

See also “Hitchhiking YouTube star arrested in homicide of NJ attorney”

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