Remember Kai McGillvary, aka the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker?
Kai became Internet-famous back in February 2013 after a strange televised interview of him went viral.
In the interview he talked about how he saved two people in Fresno, California from being attacked by smashing the attacker in the back of the head with a hatchet while hitchhiking through Fresno, California.
Since then Kai's life hasn't been great.
Later that year, in May 2013, Kai was arrested for purportedly killing a prominent 73-year-old attorney at his home in New Jersey.
Amazingly, Kai has been waiting years for his trial that finally concluded this week.
Kai argued that he was acting in self defense when he murdered the man who he claimed had sexually assaulted him.
An assistant prosecutor argued the injuries were so brutal (three skull fractures, four broken ribs and severe contusions) it shows this was “so far from self defense, it’s not even funny.”
The jury found Caleb ‘Kai’ McGillvary, 30, guilty of first-degree murder a day after they began deliberating the testimony in the three week trial. He faces up to life in prison and will be sentenced June 13.
The contentious trial at the Union County Courthouse nearly ended in McGillvary being thrown out of the courtroom after he had an outburst following his lawyer’s closing arguments.
John Cito, McGillvary’s defense attorney, cast his client as a young man with a “home-free lifestyle” who always looked for the best in people. Cito argued police failed to properly investigate the killing and did not pursue evidence that would have proved the sexual assault occurred.
McGillvary testified at the trial, though it became combative while he was cross-examined by Assistant Prosecutor Scott Peterson. The two often raised their voices and talked over each other, forcing Judge Robert Kirsch to call order to the courtroom and remind McGillvary several times not to speak out of turn or add irrelevant information.
McGillvary pushed back, arguing he was treated worse than other witnesses and his Sixth Amendment right was being infringed.
The prosecution also pointed to inconsistencies between McGillvary’s original statement when he was arrested in 2013 and his testimony.
After the chance meeting in Times Square, Galfy invited McGillvary to come sleep at his home, and the hitchhiker took the offer. He testified that when he woke up on May 12, 2013, he had bodily fluids on his face that tasted salty.