FULTON & SARATOGA COUNTIES – Jury deliberations in the first-degree murder case against Johnstown sub shop owner Georgios Kakavelos will be back in Saratoga County Court on Thursday, after spending about four hours Wednesday on the case during the first day of deliberations.
Kakavelos, 52, of Milton, has been on trial for the last six weeks on charges that he arranged and participated in the murder of Allyzibeth Lamont, 22, of Gloversville, one of his employees at the Local No. 9 Smokehouse and Substation. Lamont was killed at the shop on Oct. 28, 2019, and her body found in a shallow grave three days later near the southbound extrance ramp to the Northway at Exit 13 in Malta.
The jury heard closing arguments from the attorneys on Monday. On Wednesday, it received legal instructions from County Court Judge James A. Murphy III and then began deliberations in the early afternoon. Late in the afternoon, the jury sent several notes seeking to review videos and re-hear testimony, and that will take place Thursday morning.
Kakavelos’ former co-defendant, fellow employee James A. Duffy, 35, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will be sentenced to 18 years to life in prison in exchange for his testimony against Kakavelos. If convicted of first-degree murder, Kakavelos could be sentenced to life without parole.
Kakavelos faces a first-degree murder charge for allegedly hiring Duffy to carry out the killing. Duffy testified that Kakavelos paid him to kill Lamont — apparently for having contacted the state Department of Labor with complaints about her under-the-table pay. Duffy testified that he killed Lamont, but Kakavelos also participated in the killing and subsequent efforts to clean up the scene, bury the body, and dispose of evidence.
Kakavelos, who testified in his own defense, said Duffy acted alone while he wasn’t in the restaurant, and he only cooperated with the coverup efforts because Duffy threatened and intimidated him.
Kakavelos faces 11 charges, including first- and second-degree murder, conspiracy, improper disposal of a human corpse, and tampering with evidence. He has been in jail since both he and Duffy were arrested on the night of Oct. 31, 2019 — the day the body was discovered.