BALLSTON SPA - Georgios Kakavelos paid his co-defendant James Duffy to take part in the murder of Allyzibeth A. Lamont, either by having Duffy kill her or by helping Kakavelos kill her, according to allegations in new indictments filed against the pair.
The new accusations of murder-for-hire have now resulted in the elevation of the top count against the men to first-degree murder.
If convicted of the new top count, Kakavelos and Duffy would face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
According to the new indictment, Kakavelos, 51, of Milton, "paid James A. Duffy to kill or assist him in killing Allyzibeth A. Lamont" while in Johnstown.
The new indictment places Lamont's murder at approximately 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Johnstown and that Kakavelos "and/or" Duffy caused her death "by striking her in the head with one or more dangerous instruments."
The timeline of the alleged payment is listed as between Oct. 25 and Oct. 31, according to the indictment. The indictment does not identify what Kakavelos allegedly paid Duffy or Kakavelos' alleged motive.
Authorities have previously placed the last time Lamont was seen alive about a half an hour later than they now say she was killed, at about 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 on Townsend Avenue in Johnstown near the Local Substation No. 9 sandwich shop where she worked. Kakavelos co-owned the sandwich shop, and Duffy was a manager there, authorities have said.
Georgios N. Kakavelos, left, and James Duffy, in orange at right, appear separately in court Dec. 17. Photos by Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer
Lamont's body was discovered three days later, Oct. 31, in swampy marshland in Malta off Exit 13 of the Northway. An earlier indictment filed against Kakavelos and Duffy placed the date of her murder as Oct. 28, but did not identify a time.
Kakavelos and Duffy were arraigned on the initial indictment against them in December. They pleaded not guilty and were ordered held.
The new indictment was handed up against them earlier this month and The Daily Gazette obtained a copy of the indictment recently. Court delays over new coronavirus-related procedures, however, have postponed their arraignments on the new indictment. They are now tentatively scheduled to be arraigned next week.
In all, Kakavelos faces 11 counts in the new indictment; Duffy nine.
They each face one count each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, second-degree conspiracy, two counts of concealment of a human corpse and four counts of tampering with physical evidence, all felonies.
Kakavelos also faces two additional evidence tampering counts on his own.
The conspiracy charge outlines a timeline for the allegations against the men.
On the night of the murder, Kakavelos preceded the killing by going to the Gloversville Walmart at about 5:20 p.m. to purchase lawn fertilizer, work gloves, pants and a sweatshirt, the indictment alleges.
Then, after Lamont's murder, Kakavelos returned to the Walmart about an hour later and purchased plastic sheeting, duct tape, towels, bleach, soap and detergent, the indictment reads.
One or both of the men then buried and concealed Lamont's body in Malta Oct. 29-30, the indictment reads.
The evidence tampering counts also shed more light on those allegations than the previous indictment, including placing one location of the tampering as the Local No. 9 deli.
The tampering involved "acts pertaining to items found inside or outside" the deli, the indictment reads.
Authorities also found evidence concealed in a "wetland area of Dean Lung Road" in Galway and off Rowland Street in the town of Milton, the indictment reads.
The additional evidence tampering counts filed solely against Kakavelos relate to allegations he cleaned and deodorized a Black 2008 Volkswagen Passat Oct. 31 and even relined the trunk area of the vehicle to conceal evidence, the indictment against Kakavelos reads.
Kakavelos is also accused of committing multiple acts of concealment or destruction related to the vehicle between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31, the indictment against Kakavelos reads.