Verdict: Georgios Kakavelos guilty of first-degree murder in Allyzibeth Lamont death

Georgios Kakavelos enters the courtroom ahead of opening statements.
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Georgios Kakavelos enters the courtroom ahead of opening statements.

BALLSTON SPA – Georgios Kakavelos, the former Johnstown deli owner accused of ordering the death of his Allyzibeth Lamont, was found guilty Thursday afternoon of multiple charges, including the top count of first-degree murder.

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The Saratoga County  Court jury also convicted Kakavelos of conspiracy to murder and other counts.

He now faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 19.

The verdict ends an intense six-week trial filled with brutal details about the killing of a young woman who had complained to the state Labor Department about Kakavelos.

Kakavelos’ attorney Kevin O’Brien said he disagrees with the verdict, but he praised the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office and the judge for their fairness. An appeal notice will be filed.


The jury reached its verdict after deliberating most of Thursday and about four hours on Wednesday.

Kakavelos, 52, of Milton, had been on trial for the last six weeks on charges that he arranged and participated in the murder of 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 entrance 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.

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.

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Kakavelos faced the 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 faced 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.

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