Two have murder charges upgraded

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BALLSTON SPA — New allegations made against the two men who are accused of killing Allyzibeth LaMont show that Georgios Kakavelos allegedly paid James Duffy to either kill or help him kill the 22-year-old.

Both Kakavelos and Duffy had charges added to their indictments earlier this month which included first-degree murder and second-degree conspiracy. They face life in prison with no parole if found guilty.

Kakavelos, 51, of Ballston Spa was indicted on the charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, second-degree conspiracy, two counts of concealment of a human corpse and six counts of tampering with physical evidence.

Duffy, 34, of Johnstown was indicted on the charges 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.

Under the conspiracy charges of the indictment it states, “During the time period between Oct. 25, 2019 and Oct. 31, 2019 Georgios N. Kakavelos paid James A. Duffy to kill or assist him in killing Allyzibeth A. LaMont,” while in Johnstown.

The indictment continues to state that at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Oct. 28 Kakavelos purchased multiple items from Walmart in Gloversville including lawn fertilizer, work gloves, pants and a sweatshirt, and he again purchased more items from Walmart at 8:27 p.m. that included duct tape, plastic sheeting, towels, bleach, soap and detergent.

It places the time of the murder at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28. At that time, Kakavelos and Duffy allegedly killed LaMont by “striking her in the head with one or more dangerous instruments.”

The timeline continues to show that Duffy and Kakavelos then on or about Oct. 29 allegedly buried and concealed LaMont’s body in Malta. And on or about Oct. 28 through Oct. 31, the defendants allegedly altered or destroyed evidence found inside or outside the Local 9 Deli, where LaMont was last seen.

During those dates, Duffy and Kakavelos also allegedly attempted to conceal, alter or destroy evidence by placing items on Dean Lung Road in Galway, and Rowland Street in Milton.

Kakavelos has two additional counts of tampering with physical evidence for allegedly having the trunk area to his black 2008 Volkswagen Passat relined on Oct. 31, in Glenmont, and had that vehicle cleaned and deodorized in Colonie on that same date.

The 22-year-old had been reported missing on Oct. 28 when she was last seen on Townsend Avenue in the city of Johnstown near the Local 9 Deli where she worked. LaMont’s body was found on Oct. 31, in a shallow grave in Malta in a wooded area east of the on-ramp to Interstate 87 southbound Exit 13, on the west side of Route 9.

An autopsy determined LaMont’s cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma to the head.

Both Kakavelos and Duffy were arrested on Oct 31, the same day her body was discovered. According to officials, the two men had worked with LaMont at the deli which Kakavelos owned and Duffy managed.

Kakavelos, who is the former owner of Travers Diner, owns property in Milton at 31 Van Tassel Lane, which is located near the Saratoga County Airport. He also owns property in Gloversville located at 237 Route 128.

Both men remain held in Saratoga County Jail without bail. Kakavelos was denied bail in January after Saratoga County Court Judge James Murphy said he could be a flight risk.

By Josh Bovee

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