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Memorial Day Images and Thoughts on Twitter


Memorial Day is more than just a day to fire up the BBQ. It's a day to remember the men and women who served our country.

Here are some photographs and comments from people around the country - including the president and First Lady - on how they are marking this day.

President Barack Obama spent Monday morning at Arlington National Cemetery during a Memorial Day tribute to fallen soldiers. Before that, he issued a few tweets.

Two Sent to Hospital After House Fire


Two people were sent to the hospital after a early morning fire in their home in Willimantic.

Fire crews responded to 76 Brook St shortly before 9 a.m. on Monday morning.

Upon arrival, they discovered heavy smoke and flames coming from the second level of a home.  The fire took over an hour before it was fully extinguished. Fire officials are calling it a two-alarm fire.

Two people were sent to the hospital suffering first and second degree burns.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Thief Arrested After Stealing 50 Laptops


Milford Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for stealing nearly 50 laptops from a storage facility in town.

According to police, Brent Johnson, 24, removed a number of the Apple IMAC computers from the Milford Technology Advisory Council storage facility at 125 Old Gate Lane.

Police first received the complaint on January 18.

An investigation led them issue an arrest warrant for Johnson. He is accused of removing some of the computers and attempting to sell them at the storage facility.

On May 25, Johnson surrendered to police and was charged with Larcency 2nd Degree. He was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on June 18.

The Milford Police continue to investigate these thefts and are asking anyone who may have purchased or is in possession of any of the IMAC computers to contact Detective Nash at 203-877-1465.


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Burlesque Dancer Killed in Party Bus Crash


A well-known burlesque performer who went by the stage name, "Sparkly Devil," was killed early Sunday morning in a suspected drunken-driving crash involving a party bus. And now, her husband faces charges in her death, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Jim Sweeney, producer of the Hubba Hubba Revue in San Francisco, identified the 36-year-old woman as an internationally known burlesque dancer, whose real name is Sarah Klein and who lived in San Mateo. She also wrote about entertainment art form for magazine and alternative weekly newspapers, and served as the media spokesperson for the burlesque entertainment venue.

"She was an incredible performer," Sweeney told NBC Bay Area on Monday in a phone interview. "And she was a great friend to the burlesque community. We feel her loss greatly."

Raul Padilla, her 43-year-old husband, who was driving and was taken to Stanford Medical Center in critical condition, is likely to be charged with drinking and driving, or possibly vehicular manslaughter, depending on the level of alcohol in his system, according to CHP Officer Art Montiel.

Padilla was driving the red Honda that appeared to have slammed into a center divider on U.S. 101 before coming to rest facing oncoming traffic, which is when he and his wife were hit by the party bus, Montiel said.

The couple had ``consumed alcohol'' before the crash, but toxicology tests would have to be conducted to determine if Padilla had been OK to drive, Montiel said. Neither were wearing seat belts, he said. Courts were closed on Memorial Day, and it was unclear whether Padilla had any type of driving troubles in the past.

According to Sweeney, the couple was on their way home to the Peninsula from San Francisco. Sparkly had performed at the Hubba Hubba Revue the night before.

In addition to the couple, nine others suffered less serious injuries when a party bus carrying 18 passengers ran head-on into Padilla's car that was stopped on a highway south of San Francisco, authorities said.  A CHP collision report listed the party bus driver as Anderson Davis, 67, of Berkeley. Officers said he suffered moderate injuries but refused medical attention.

Ten passengers in the party bus were taken to either Stanford or San Francisco General hospitals, according to the CHP. They include: Jeckrie Unabia, 28, and Haydee Martinez, 27, of Santa Clara; Julienne Sagun, 22, and Joshua Tan, 28, of Mountain View; and May Ann Granale, 45, and Carlos Cambia Jr., 30, of San Jose, Tola Magee, 30, of San Rafael; Mariel Joy Garnace, 21, of San Jose; and Herland Martinez, 24, of Santa Clara. Another passenger got a ride with a family member to the hospital.

Sparkly's website calls her a mixture of "sass and class," and her resume includes six performances at the Miss Exotic World Burlesque Pageant in Las Vegas, four New York Burlesque Festivals, three Tease-o-Ramas and more. She was profiled in Comcast's "Something Weird" series and two episodes of TLC's reality series, "LA Ink." In the Bay Area, she also performed at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, along with the Hubba Hubba Revue.

Burlesque comes from the Italian word, burlesco, which means to joke or mock. It's now known as a dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter through caricature. It's also know in the United States to be performed at cabaret clubs, and features bawdy comedy and strip teases. In some of Sparkly's videos on YouTube, she is seen coughing up fake blood in a Zombie piece and stripping down to a red bikini bottom and tassles in another.

She relocated to San Francisco in 2007, according to her profile. Sweeney said he knew Padilla and called him a musician and a "nice guy." He said he did not know if he was known to drink and drive before.

The crash in Redwood City about 25 miles south of San Francisco was just a few miles away from the San Mateo Bridge, where five women heading to a bridal party were killed in a limousine fire three weeks ago.

The southbound side of U.S. 101 was closed for about two hours for the investigation. 
The bus, which was towed to an impound yard, was equipped with seatbelts, but Montiel did not know how many, if any, of the passengers were wearing them at the time of the crash. Bus passengers in California are not required to wear seatbelts, Montiel said.

Sparkly was supposed to have performed on Thursday in Las Vegas at The Orleans Casino during the International Burlesque Hall of Fame. People from around the country were posting thoughts and memories about Sparkly on her Facebook site throughout the day.

To see Sparkly Devil perform at the Hubba Hubba Revue in 2010, click here:

 The Associated Press's John S. Marshall contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Hubba Hubba Revue/Kat Bret Photography

Habitat for Humanity Seeks Volunteers for Tornado Cleanup


Cleanup from this month's tornadoes continues in Granbury.

Volunteers are spending Memorial Day cleaning up debris.  Habitat for Humanity built many of the damaged homes, and now the charity is asking for help picking up the pieces.

Recovery volunteers must be at least 16-years-old and should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes if they want to help.

Those wishing to lend a hand can get more information, and register, at the Trinity Habitat for Humanity of Texas website.


Photo Credit: Patrick Michels

One Dead After A Tree Falls in Colchester


One person is dead and one had to be airlifted by Lifestar to the hospital after a tree fell on a group of people in a wooded area near Day Pond State Park in Colchester.

Colchester Fire and police responded to the area of Blue Hill Road and Comstock Bridge Road for a report that a tree fell on top of a group of people.

Emergency officials located two injured  people. One was transported to Hartford Hospital by Lifestar. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

The second victim was pronounced dead on the scene. DEEP Police have been called since the incident is in an area near a state park.

We have a crew on the way. We will bring you more details as they become available.



No Bail For Man Charged In Baby's Murder


A Chicago man charged in the shooting death of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was ordered held Tuesday without bond.

Koman Willis, 33, of the 7800 block of South Saint Lawrence Avenue was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm after he allegedly shot Jonylah and her father on March 11, according to police.

Police said Willis turned himself in with his attorney present around 4 p.m. Saturday and was charged at 2:45 a.m. Monday. 

Police said Willis, a documented gang member who had been arrested 38 times prior to the shooting, was aiming at the infant's father, Jonathan Watkins.

Supt. Garry McCarthy said Willis shot at the man over a stolen video game console. 

It is not clear why Willis suspected Jonathan Watkins in the burglary of the console, but McCarthy said it is not likely that Watkins will be charged in the theft due to "too many variables."

McCarthy called the investigation a "milestone" and said he believes pressure from police led Willis to turn himself him.

“There came a point where we believed that we could take him into custody rather than just interview him, and we went out looking for him,” he said.

Despite original reports suspecting the shooting was gang-related, McCarthy said the incident was based on the burglary and not the father's or Willis' gang ties.

"This was a real hard one for the team," said Lieutenant Kevin Duffin, who led the investigation. "It was a toll on everybody working on it."

Duffin said last week detectives spoke with witnesses that led to information involving Willis, which along with police evidence led to his arrest.

"They were going to solve this crime," McCarthy said. 

Jonylah Watkins died March 12 after she sustained gunshots a day earlier to the thigh, shoulder, lung, liver and bowels on the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood. 

Jonylah was in the family van with her father when someone approached and opened fire, police said.

Friends and family gathered a week after Watkins' death to remember the 6-month-old girl, who was fatally shot while sitting on her father's lap.

"Jonylah, affectionately known as 'Smooch,' was loved and adored by many," her funeral program reads. "Jonylah was the apple of her parents' eyes. Jonylah had an infectious smile that continually warmed her mother's heart."

New Beginnings Pastor Corey Brooks said Jonylah is the youngest victim of gun violence he's ever buried.

"It's the youngest child I've ever had to be shot and killed, murdered," he said. "That is totally different than anything I've ever experienced before and something I never, ever want to experience again."

Brooks thanked Chicago Police Monday after the charges were announced and said the family is very "grateful and thankful."

"Hopefully they will be able to put this part behind them and go forward," he said.

Angelina Jolie’s Uncle Advises Cancer Screenings


The family of Angelina Jolie's late aunt Debbie Martin, who succumbed to breast cancer Sunday, is mourning her as "the glue that held the family together," less than two weeks after Jolie herself underwent a preventive double mastectomy.

The family of Debbie Martin spoke exclusively to NBC 7 San Diego and talked about the impact she had in her life — and likely the impact she will have in her death.

Debbie Martin had a long battle with cancer and was diagnosed in 2004. She died in Escondido, Calif. on Sunday morning  after nearly 10 years battling the deadly disease.

“She was my best friend,” said her son Chris Martin. “The most beautiful woman I knew. I would talk to her every day.”

Debbie Martin, 61, was the younger sister of Jolie’s mother, whose own death from ovarian cancer in 2007 inspired the surgery Jolie had — a double mastectomy that reduced her chances of getting breast cancer from 87 to 5 percent.

“She was the glue that held the family together,” said Debbie’s husband Ron.

Ron said Debbie had the same defective BRCA one gene that Jolie had, but she didn't know it until after her cancer diagnosis in 2004. He encourages people who may have the gene to get screened, as it could be lifesaving.

“Since Angelina came out with her news about her double mastectomy, Debbie and I reflected that has we known before she got breast cancer if we had the same information from the BRCA test, which we didn't have at that time,” he said. “We would have done exactly the same thing. It would have saved her life.”

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Teen Victim Tried to "Fix" Alleged Killer: Friends


A teenage girl is dead after her boyfriend stabbed the teen along a suburban Philadelphia hiking trail.

Pennsylvania State Police say Julianne Siller, 17, was killed Saturday night by her 16-year-old boyfriend Tristan Stahley during a break-up.

The teens left the Stahley's Skippack Township, Pa. home around 8:30 p.m. and headed for Palmer Park along Creamery Road in Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pa. Skippack is about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Investigators say the couple was walking along a nearby trail when they got into an argument over Siller "going out too much." Siller then smashed Stahley's cell phone, according to state police. Then Stahley allegedly pulled out an orange-colored folding knife and stabbed his girlfriend in the throat and body.

Stahley told police he then dragged her body off the trail and into the woods to conceal the murder.

Police say the teen then went home. His mother, Heather Stahley, told investigators it appeared Tristan had been crying and that he had blood and dirt on his legs.

When Heather asked her son what was wrong, he wouldn't explain, saying he would tell her if the two went for a walk.

Police say the two then left the house for a nearby trail and during the walk Tristan confessed to the crime. Heather asked her son if he was joking and after he replied "no" he began hysterically crying, according to the criminal complaint.

The teen explained the couple was breaking up when he stabbed Siller. Tristan told his mother he was going to kill himself because he couldn't go to jail.

The mother and son then returned home at 9 p.m. where Heather alerted the authorities.

In the meantime, Tristan waited outside.

His father, Brian Stahley, told police when he went outside, Tristan had another knife to his neck and told him to stay back.

The father and son then got into a struggle as Brian tried to wrestle the knife away. He was eventually able to get the knife, but was scratched in the face and bitten on the hand, according to police.

Minutes later, police arrived and arrested the teen.

Troopers discovered Siller’s dead body in the woods a short time later. Investigators say a trail of blood led them to the body. They also found the knife, containing blood and hair, a few feet from her body.

"This whole incident is just a tragic case," said Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele. "You have a young woman whose life was taken from her and a 16-year-old who faces potential life in prison for his actions."

Investigators say the two dated for about nine months. Friends told NBC10's Daralene Jones that the couple had various issues but Siller wanted to stick it out because she believed she could "fix" Stahley, who was a recovering drug addict and on medications for depression.

Stahley is being held without bail. He is charged with first degree murder, third degree murder and possession of a weapon.

Friends say Siller, a high school senior, was set to graduate from Spring Ford High School in Royersford, Pa. on June 12.

"She was really cool, outgoing, funny and everyone really liked her, so it's kind of sad," said Carlo Deluca.

A small memorial of flowers and a teddy bear has been set up on the hiking trail, near where Siller was killed.

"She was a girl full of life," said Susan Wesolowski, a family friend who says Siller comforted her and her husband after their son was killed in a car accident three years ago. "Bubbly, happy and just a happy go lucky girl who would do anything for her friends."

Spring-Ford Area School District Superintendent Dr. David Goodin released a statement expressing "great sadness" about Siller's death while laying out the school's plan to give support to students:

"Because the reactions to the death of a student, peer, or friend can vary, plans are currently being made to address the grieving process for our students and staff. It is important to know that the grieving process is normal and can range from withdrawal, crying, and anger. For that reason, the High School Administration and staff are working with several counseling services to ensure we are fully prepared for all students."

Grief counselors were at the school Tuesday and would remain in place as long as needed, Goodin said.

Five Teens Killed in Fiery Orange County Car Crash


Five teens died in a fiery crash in Newport Beach on Monday afternoon — four at the scene and one at a hospital, authorities said.

Updated Article: Speed "Was a Factor" in Deadly Crash

The crash happened at about 5:20 p.m. on Jamboree Road just north of Island Lagoon Drive, near the Newport Beach Country Club, according to Kathy Lowe, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department.

"We do believe speed was a contributing factor in this accident," Lowe said Tuesday morning.

She said the teens were all residents of Irvine.

The victims were identified early Tuesday as two boys and three girls, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The victims' names were not available Tuesday morning.

The crash happened when an Infiniti traveling southbound on Jamboree veered off of the road and struck a tree on the center divider. The car split in half after striking the tree. One half caught fire, according to Lowe.

Four victims were ejected and died immediately. A fifth was partially ejected and died at a nearby hospital.

Drivers told NBC4 that cars tend to speed on that stretch of road, which has a 55 mph speed limit.

A skid mark leading through the median's grass was still visible Tuesday, and the tree with which the car had collided was largely stripped of its bark.

Lowe said speed and other factors, including whether alcohol was involved, were under investigation.

Protesters Demand Change After Boy's Torture Death


Long before 8-year-old Gabriel died, his relatives, teachers and even other mothers at school saw signs he was being brutally beaten at his Southern California home, where he lived with his mother and her boyfriend.

Protesters on Monday demanded justice for Gabriel - and measures to protect other children from a similar fate. They said the boy's case exposes critical failures in a system meant to protect children.

Gabriel was living with his grandparents until October, when his mother, Pearl Fernandez, 29, won legal custody of him. Now, Fernandez is accused of allowing her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 32, to torture her youngest child to death. They were both in custody and Aguirre was expected to be charged with murder Tuesday.

UPDATE: Boy's mother, boyfriend due for arraignment hearing

Protesters, who plan to attend Aguirre'sTuesday arraignment, are accusing the Department of Child and Family Services of failing to respond to months of complaints that Gabriel was being abused.

"There was also a time when he told me about a BB gun (shot) to the face," said his teacher, Jennifer Garcia. "And he had perfectly circled bruises all over his face."

The teacher said she had frequently contacted the Department of Child and Family Services, but the agency's social workers did nothing.

On Wednesday, deputies found the first-grader's broken body at his home in Palmdale, about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Gabriel was barely breathing. His bones were broken. He had burn marks all over his body and he bore wounds that indicated he had been tied up and tortured.

He died Friday at a hospital.

"We loved him. And we miss him," said Robert Fernandez, Gabriel's grandfather. "We're gonna try probably in the near future to have the law changed, where these people that are doing these things have no rights to their victims."

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Kerik Leaves Prison, Returns to NJ


Former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik was released from federal prison Tuesday and returned to his New Jersey home after three years in lockup.

Kerik, a one-time nominee to be the nation's homeland security chief, left the Maryland facility in the morning and arrived home in the early afternoon, hugging relatives as he walked in.

He is planning to spend his first day back at his Franklin Lakes home sharing a meal with his 20 guests, according to a friend catering the event.

"He put a request in for some food that he's been missing for a few years," said Albert Manzo, who runs Brownstone catering in Paterson, where the chocolate fountain and gourmet desserts have been New Jersey staples for decades.

"He loves our short ribs, shrimp scampi -- a lot of things he doesn't have access to there," added Manzo, whose family is featured in the reality show "Real Housewives of New Jersey."

Kerik lost access to those luxuries when he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of corruption, including tax fraud and lying to the government. 

Hailed as a hero for leading the NYPD during the 9/11 attacks, Kerik fell from grace when he became the first New York City police commissioner ever imprisoned on federal crimes. His legal problems clouded the political fortunes of other elected officials, especially that of his mentor, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The two had met when Kerik volunteered to chauffeur Giuliani and provide security during his first unsuccessful race for mayor. Once elected in 1993, Giuliani promoted Kerik, a high school dropout, to the highest levels of city government.

The mayor eventually tapped his former bodyguard as the city's 40th police commissioner in 2001 despite his attaining only the lowest rank for a detective and failing to earn a college degree -- a requirement for officers above the rank of sergeant. During his failed presidential bid in 2008, Giuliani had to admit that he erred in recommending Kerik to President Bush.

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Four Arrested After West Haven Bar Fight


Police arrested three men and a woman in connection with a bar fight at Spectators Bar in West Haven on Monday night.

West Haven Police responded to the bar at 705 Campbell Avenue at 10:30 p.m. for reports of a fight and said two men were threating others in the bar and challenging them to go outside and fight, police said.

One other man and a woman ran as police arrived, police said. 

Laura Brownell, 18, of West Haven, Bobby Coleman, 23, of New Haven, Shane Barnaby, 22, of New Haven, and Jonathan Spain, 20, of New Haven, were charged with breach of peace.

Barnaby and Spain were also charged with interfering with police.
All four were held on bond.

Four Killed in Weekend Crashes


Four people, including two teenagers, were killed in three crashes over the holiday weekend.

State police responded to two fatal crashes over the long weekend.

One person was killed in a crash on Monday evening in North Stonington, according to state police.  The Norwich Bulletin reports that a Rhode Island motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a truck.

A 20-year-old West Haven man was killed in a crash on Interstate 84 in West Hartford just after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, when he was hit by a wrong-way driver, according to state police.

Police said Christian Romero, 20, of West Hartford, was driving a Chevy Silverado east on I-84 early Sunday morning when he was struck and killed by a driver traveling west in the eastbound lanes.

State police identified the wrong-way driver as Meny Lam, 46, of Waterbury and said he was driving a Honda Accord west in the eastbound lanes at 1:39 p.m.

Both men were transported to area hospitals, where Romero died from injuries sustained in the crash, police said. Lam suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Two teens were killed in a crash on Abbe Road in South Windsor on Saturday night. The victims have been identified as Brooke Wormstedt, 15 of East Road in East Windsor, and Matthew Masse, 18, of Vernon. 

A 40-year-old  Wethersfield man was pronounced dead at the scene of crash on Plainfield Pike Rt 14A east of Church Street in Sterling at 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, but troopers discovered Marcus Brisbane had suffered chest injury not related to the crash, according to state police.

Police said a verbal dispute led to Brisbane's injury. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of Brisbane's death. State police are investigating.

Between Friday morning and Monday, state police investigated 281 motor vehicle crashes, 59 of which caused injuries and charged 57  people with driving while intoxicated.

Troopers issued tickets for 1,941 speeding violations, 718 seat belt violations and 4,294 hazardous moving violations.

RAW VIDEO: Santa Barbara Wildfire


A quickly-growing wildfire forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate the mountains near Santa Barbara, California. The fire is threatening many homes in the area.

4,000 Evacuations as Wildfire Rages on in California


Firefighters are battling a 1,200 acre blaze in Santa Barbara County that prompted 4,000 evacuations from year-round and summer homes and campgrounds, officials said.

The White Fire was burning to the east along the Santa Ynez river, backed by strong winds. It is burning through forest and away from structures, according to officials with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The fire began at 2:30 p.m. Monday. It was 10 percent contained as of early Tuesday.

Evacuation areas include Paradise Road, starting at the Forest Service kiosk. An estimated 4,000 people were evacuated, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

The fire is threatening 50 residences, five commercial properties and 50 outbuildings and other structures, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Air tankers, helicopters and ground crews fought the fire Monday. Aerial crews are expected to return to the area Tuesday morning after they were grounded Monday evening because of strong winds.

The fire burned through Sage Hill campground, but details regarding damage were not available Tuesday morning.

Man Stole $200 Worth of Baby Formula


Milford police are looking for the man who stole almost $200 worth of baby formula from a local Target two weeks ago.

The theft happened around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, when a man stole several cans of Enfamil baby formula valued at $191 from the Target at 1191 Boston Post Road, police said.

He ran from the store and got into a dark SUV with a defective passenger headlight that was waiting in the area, police said.

The man is around 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs around 135 pounds. He has brown hair and was wearing a gray AERO t shirt, sneakers and tan Khaki shorts. He also had a tattoo on the inside area of his right forearm.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Officer Noss at (203) 878-6551 or submit a tip online.

Photo Credit: Milford Police

SUV Fled After Hitting Aunt, Niece: Police


A woman and her niece are in critical condition after a car hit them and fled in Bridgeport on Monday evening, according to police.

The 60-year-old woman and her 6-year-old niece were struck by a car in the area of Washington Avenue and Highland Avenue around 8:45 p.m., according to police. 

Two other young children made it across the street safely and were not injured.

The victims were taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where they are in critical condition.

Police said the aunt and niece were struck by a light color large SUV that fled north on Washington Avenue toward Catherine Street.

Fire at Mezzo Grille


Fire caused damage to the outside bar at Mezzo Grille, at 106 Court St., in Middletown early Tuesday morning.

The fire started around 3 a.m. and caused damage to the patio and Tiki bar, a popular spot, especially during the summer season.

"The hardest thing was getting to it because it was a closed bar and fences to get through and outside gates, but once we got to it the fire was out relatively quickly," Deputy Fire Chief Robert Kronenberger said.

The restaurant portion of Mezzo Grille is OK, he said.

"Luckily the restaurant is fine, so the restaurant should really lose no down time," Kronenberger said.

No one was inside the restaurant when the fire started, officials said.

The fire marshal will investigate the cause.

The manager of Mezzo Grille said he plans to rebuild the outside area of the restaurant.

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"Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" to Be Extradited


Caleb "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" McGillvary, the internet celebrity accused of beating an elderly New Jersey attorney to death, waived his extradition rights during court proceedings in Philadelphia Tuesday.

The move paves the way for him to be transferred to authorities in Union County, N.J.

McGillvary, known as "Kai" to millions online, is accused of murdering North Jersey attorney Joseph Galfy in early May.

Officials say the two men met in Times Square on May 11 and later had a sexual encounter inside Galfy's Clark, N.J. home.

Galfy, 73, was found dead 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.

The next day, he was dropped off at a PATCO train station in Haddonfield, 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.

The 24-year-old appeared in court Tuesday via closed circuit television from a Philadelphia jail.

When an assistant district attorney asked McGillvary whether he was aware he's wanted for murder, the man replied "I've heard that, yes."

The judge then revoked his bail.

McGillvary became an internet sensation in February after an interview he gave to a Fresno, Calif. television station went viral.

In the interview, he described how he used a hatchet to beat a driver who was attacking a California utility worker. The video tallied more than 4 million views on YouTube.

He later appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

When Kimmel asked him what people have been saying since the video went viral, McGillvary responded: "Hey, you're Kai, that dude with the hatchet."

As police searched for McGillvary, he posted to his Facebook page, claiming he was drugged and raped.

"what would you do if you woke up with a groggy head, metallic taste in your mouth, in a strangers house...," the post read in part. "realizing that someone had drugged, raped...what would you do?"

In an earlier post on May 10, before the two men allegedly met, McGillvary thanked those who took him in.

"Hey id like to express my gratitude to all the gnarly awesome people whove invited me in, partied hardy with me, and brought me to such cool places to meet such cool people," he wrote.

The Union County Prosecutor's Office tells NBC News they expect McGillvary to be extradited from Philadelphia later this week.

Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

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